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A Sloppy Joe Bowl in a white dish on a green piece of fabric over a wooden surface

Sloppy Joe Bowls

  • Author: Whip & Wander
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 portions 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Ground beef gets cooked down with bell pepper and treated to a classically savory tomato sauce, seasoned with garlic, Dijon mustard, and a splash of apple cider vinegar to give it that classic sloppy joe tanginess. This childhood-inspired classic dinner dish can be made in less than 30-minutes and is perfect for busy weeknights!



For the Sloppy Joe meat:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 80 g (about 1 1/2 cups) green onions, chopped
  • 225 g (about 1 large or two small) bell pepper, chopped (any color you prefer)
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (may sub for 1 tbsp garlic-infused olive oil if needed)
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Optional additions for serving:

  • White rice (as pictured)
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Zoodles (spiralized zucchini)
  • Roasted sweet potatoes (as pictured)
  • Roasted white potatoes
  • Roasted Broccoli
  • Green Beans
  • Sauteed kale or spinach
  • Shredded cheese, to top


For Sloppy Joe meat:

  1. In a large sautee pan or deep skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or spatula as it browns. Cook until hardly any pink is visible, then add the bell pepper and green onion and continue to cook until the meat is fully browned.
  2. Lower the heat to medium and add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, garlic powder (or garlic-infused olive oil), apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine, then allow the mixture to simmer, stirring regularly, until the sauce has thickened. Taste for salt and adjust as needed.
  3. Serve over your choice of optional bases (see ideas above). *In the photos, I have served the Sloppy Joe meat over fluffy white rice with roasted sweet potatoes -- For the sweet potatoes, I slice them thinly, then lightly coat in olive oil and a sprinkle of Kosher salt, then roast on a parchment-lined baker's half sheet at 400 degrees F /205 C for 30 minutes, flipping once after 20 minutes.


Nutritional information on Whip & Wander is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.

Nutritional information does not account for optional extras such as rice or sweet potatoes.

9/8/21 This recipe was updated and may no longer fit specified dietary preferences from previous versions of this post. The previous version of this recipe was named "Un-Sloppy Joe Bowls."


  • Serving Size: 1 portion
  • Calories: 317
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 567 mg
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 30 g
  • Cholesterol: 100 mg

Keywords: Sloppy Joe