Sloppy Joes Recipe

Here is a healthy take on an old favorite: sloppy joes. Making them from scratch gives you control over the ingredients. Molasses and maple syrup naturally sweeten this classic dish. The food processor quickly and easily chops lots of veggies for the base of this recipe.


1 tablespoon olive oil

2 pounds grass fed ground chuck, or other ground beef

2 medium onions, peeled and quartered

2 large carrots, cut into large chunks

2 ribs of celery, cut into large chunks

4 poblano peppers, seeded and cored

6 garlic cloves, peeled

2 cans tomato paste

2 cups beef broth

1 bottle of dark beer

1/4 cup smoked or roasted paprika

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon molasses

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon oregano

salt to taste (for extra smoky flavor, use smoked sea salt)


Heat the olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium to high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring occaisionally, until the beef is fully cooked. Remove the beef, leaving the drippings in the pot.

Put the onions, carrots, celery, poblano peppers and garlic into the work bowl of your favorite food processor fitted with the multi-purpose blade. Pulse till finely minced. Cook the minced veggies over medium heat in the beef drippings until browned (about 20 minutes) while stirring occasionally. Add the tomato paste and cook an additional two minutes, stirring constantly to ensure the paste does not burn. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir well. Return the beef to the pot. Lower to a simmer and cook till thick (about 2 hours.) Serve on whole grain buns. Enjoy!

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