real food sloppy joes recipe

I don’t know about you but it has been a LOOOONNNNGGG time since I’ve eaten Sloppy Joes. In fact, I’m pretty sure the last time I ate a Sloppy Joe was in Key West when I was like 18. I’m not going to tell you my age but just know it’s been quite some time.

Unfortunately, most Sloppy Joes mix – either in the can or the spice blend – that you buy at the store is loaded with ingredients you really don’t want to mess with: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, natural flavors, maltodextrin, sugar, and GMO corn starch.

And if you’re like me, sometimes you just don’t have the time to come up with a recipe that contains real food ingredients so you just nix that off your meal plan completely.

Thankfully, today is the day that you can start adding Real Food Sloppy Joes back into the meal plan! In celebration of the newly released Organic Chili Powder Blend, my recipe developer Maria created this real food rendition of Sloppy Joes and the ingredients are phenomenal.

Not only that, the smell that permeates your home while your making this is a direct reflection of how good it actually tastes!

Serve it old fashioned style on a hamburger bun, or if you want a southern flair scoop some up on a biscuit. No gluten? No worries! This Real Food Sloppy Joes taste amazing in a coconut wrap, too.

Delicious Real Food Sloppy Joes

real food sloppy joes recipe


  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (find it here)
  • 1 organic medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 pound organic ground beef
  • 1 organic tomato paste, 6oz
  • 3 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 c organic ketchup
  • 1/2 c water
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp TRP organic ground cumin (find it here)
  • 2 tsp TRP Chili Powder Blend (find it here)
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • unrefined sea salt and pepper to taste



Heat coconut oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Once coconut oil is melted, add chopped green peppers and onions. Saute until onions are translucent, then add ground beef and cook until browned thoroughly.

While beef is cooking, whisk together the tomato paste, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, whole grain mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, water, maple syrup, organic cumin, and The Real Pantry Chili Powder Blend in a medium bowl.

Stir the tomato paste mixture and chopped garlic into the skillet with the ground beef. Cover and simmer on low heat for an hour or two* to help marry the flavors. This is not required although the flavors will be much tastier done this way.

*You can also cook in the oven on low heat at 250 degrees for 2 hours.