Homemade Sloppy Joes are ridiculously easy to make and SO flavorful, too! Made with a few simple real-food ingredients like ground beef or turkey, bell peppers, onion, tomato paste, and a few spices. Serve them over sweet potatoes, on buns, or with pasta!
This is such a great meal-prep type recipe. You can prep the sloppy joe mixture and have whatever you’re going to serve that with on hand (cooked sweet potatoes, buns, etc.). Bonus – sloppy joes are ridiculously easy to make from scratch!
First, saute your bell peppers and onions until they’ve softened a bit. You can do this for less or more time, depending on how much crunch you like in your bell peppers.
Next, add your turkey and spices, and cook until the meat is browned all the way through. Finish it off with the ketchup, tomato paste, and soy sauce (I use low sodium so the flavor isn’t too strong). That’s it! You just whipped up lunch or dinner or meal prep or whatever it is in 30 minutes (or less!). Look at you go, you kitchen rockstar.
I made super simple baked sweet potatoes to serve these with. I’ve included details in the full recipe below on how I cooked them! Now that it’s summer, I bet you could even grill them!
Yum town! This is our kind of meal – healthy, delicious, and FAST. I honestly am so sleepy (from doing nothing all weekend?? Welcome to adult life) and don’t have much else to say about this so please proceed to stare deeply into this close up shot of a Sloppy Joe Loaded Sweet Potato. Your’e welcome.
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Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes over Sweet Potatoes
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 3/4 large onion, diced
- 3 medium bell peppers
- 2 lbs ground turkey or beef both work great!
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- pinch of black pepper
- 1 and 1/2 cups ketchup
- 5 TBSP tomato paste
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce I find low sodium to have a less overwhelming taste
- buns, pasta, or sweet potatoes!
- Prep: Rinse and chop your bell peppers into small ish pieces. If using Sweet Potatoes: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rinse and dry sweet potatoes well. Poke sweet potatoes all around with a fork. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 35-45 minutes (depends on the size of them - mine were small to medium). When they're fork tender, they're done!
- Make the Sloppy Joes: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper, and cook, stirring until onions are translucent and bell peppers have reached desired level of tenderness. Add the meat and cook fully, until browned through. Add seasoning, taste, and add a bit more as desired. Add ketchup, tomato paste, and soy sauce and stir to combine well. Simmer for 10 minutes to develop the flavor.
- Serve + Store: Enjoy immediately! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5-6 days.
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