Paleo Sloppy Joes are so good! Just like Mom used to make, only cave man approved, of course.
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.
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!
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.