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Paleo Sloppy Joes Recipe

One of the hardest things about being paleo is missing those classic foods that you grew up on that are comforting just because mom made them.

You know, things like spaghetti and meatballs, tacos, or, for me, sloppy joes.

I love sloppy joes so much. We did dinner at the table every night of my life growing up but for some reason, I only have really distinct memories about sloppy joes.

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And the occasional meatloaf night because we would pick on my dad for mixing his meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and peas all together. But that’s beside the point.

So, since I love sloppy joes so much and make them so often, my kids have also developed a love for them and I’ve had to find a way to make them paleo for me but still really delicious for them.

Because who wants to make two different sloppy joes recipes for dinner? Not me!

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Traditional Sloppy Joes are obviously nowhere near paleo. I mean, you’ve got the bun which is definitely not paleo, and then they usually have some kind of sugar in them plus a lot of recipes call for ketchup, and store-bought ketchup is definitely not paleo.

So for these, I took my usual sloppy joes recipe that I have been making for probably 10 years and got rid of all the non-paleo ingredients.

That means swapping out the brown sugar for honey (you could also use pure maple syrup if you prefer), using coconut aminos instead of worcestershire sauce, and, of course, getting rid of the bun.

You could totally make your own paleo bread to make it more authentic but I really enjoy the sloppy joes mixture on sweet potatoes because I make my sloppy joes a little bit spicy. The sweet and spicy combo is perfect.

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Paleo Sloppy Joes Recipe

Amanda Livesay
Paleo Sloppy Joes are so good! Just like Mom used to make, only cave man approved, of course.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Paleo
Servings 6
Calories 380 kcal


  • 1 Coconut Oil
  • 1 Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 2 Garlic minced
  • 1 Chili Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Tomato Sauce
  • 0.25 Water
  • 2 Honey
  • 1 Coconut Aminos (Coconut Secret)
  • 1 Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Dijon Mustard paleo-friendly
  • 1 Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 6 Sweet Potato baked until tender and split open


  • Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef, onion, and red bell pepper.
  • Cook, breaking up the beef, until the vegetables are softened and the beef is cooked through. Drain if necessary.
  • Add garlic and cook 30 seconds, just until fragrant.
  • Add chili powder, salt and pepper, tomato sauce, water honey, coconut aminos, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and red pepper flakes.
  • Bring to a simmer and let cook until thickened to desired consistency.


Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 38.5gProtein: 14.83gFat: 17.17gSaturated Fat: 7.5gTrans Fat: 0.83gSodium: 198.83mgFiber: 3.67gSugar: 13.67g
Keyword Easy Dinners, Ground Beef, Healthy, Healthy Eating, Paleo, Simmered, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes
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