Healthy Sloppy Joes

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My husband grew up on a beef cattle farm so sloppy joes were a mainstay in his diet. So delicious and saucy. Also a staple at every family occasion. After we gave up eating grains, we had no way of eating our sloppy joes. No buns = big mess. I decided to remedy that, while also cleaning up our family recipe a bit to make them a healthy meal that we can add to our meal planning schedule. They turned out even better than I expected! 


  • 2 lbs grass-fed beef
  • 1/2 large yellow organic onion (plus bacon fat for sautéing)
  • 1 jar of my homemade tomato sauce (recipe here), or 16 oz tomato sauce (preferably from a glass jar, like this, to avoid BPA)
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup organic ketchup — where to find
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed powder


  • In a skillet, sauté onions in bacon fat until they are translucent
  • Add beef to crockpot and turn on high
  • Add all of the ingredients to crockpot and stir to combine
  • Cook on high for one hour, checking and stirring occasionally
  • You can also cook it on low for several hours, until the meat is done
  • Once meat is cooked through it’s time to eat!
  • Serve with lettuce cups, on large portabello mushroom caps, or however you like your sloppy joes!

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