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Real Food Sloppy Joes

Super saucy and amazing, they taste like the can you might have grown up with! However, I chose healthy ingredients to make these homemade joes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: copycat manwich recipe, homemade sloppy joes, sloppy joes recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com


  • 2 lb grassfed ground beef
  • 6 cups <a href="https://www.raisinggenerationnourished.com/2014/03/sprouting-beans-soups-stir-frys-wraps-dips-salads/" target="_blank" title="Sprouting Beans For Soups Stir Frys, Wraps, Dips, and Salads">sprouted/cooked red beans - this is about a pound of dry beans (OR an additional 2lbs pound of beef if you are leaving the beans out)
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 2 green peppers chopped (I actually just buzz up the onion and pepper in my processor quick!)
  • 1 head of garlic minced
  • 2 ½ cups organic ketchup watch ingredients – no HFCS
  • ¼ cup organic mustard again – watch ingredients!
  • 2 – 4 TB pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup bone broth or water
  • 1 TB chili powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes more if you want more kick
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup arrowroot or tapioca flour mixed in a little water for thickening


  • In a big soup pot cook the onion and green pepper in a good ¼ cup or so of friendly fat (butter, coconut oil, or lard) for a 5ish minutes with a pinch of salt to bring out the juices and sweeten.
  • Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  • Add the ground beef and brown through.
  • Add the cooked beans, ketchup, mustard, maple syrup, water, chili powder, and red pepper flakes and bring to a simmer. Simmer about 10ish minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the arrowroot/water mixture and heat through until thickened.
  • Serve on a bun of your choosing, or if you are grain free it is delicious in a big lettuce bowl, or over a baked potato!