You don’t have to give up your favorite comfort food just because you’re paleo! Paleo Sloppy Joes are easy, delicious, and maybe even better than the original!
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!
How To Make Paleo Sloppy Joes!
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 start by cooking ground beef (could substitute ground turkey, chicken, or bison) with an onion and red bell pepper in a bit of coconut oil. Once the beef is cooked through, add minced garlic, chili powder tomato sauce, honey, coconut aminos, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and crushed red pepper flakes. Let it all cooked together until it’s slightly thickened but still sloppy.
What To Serve with Paleo Sloppy Joes
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.
To cook my sweet potatoes, I poke a bunch of holes with a fork into the skins so the steam escapes and then roast them at 425F until they are tender enough to slice and fluff the insides with a fork. Just spoon the paleo sloppy joe mixture into the sweet potatoes and serve!
More Paleo Dinner Recipes
- Paleo Orange Chicken
- Paleo Korean Beef Bowls
- Paleo Crispy Pork Carnitas
- Paleo Chicken Piccata
- Paleo Pizza Turkey Meatballs
- Paleo Shepherd’s Pie