Paleo Sloppy Joes

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A comfort food classic, this Paleo Sloppy Joes recipe will definitely be a hit with the whole family. This cleaned up version is free from any added sugar, but still full of flavor and perfect to serve on a (paleo) roll with your favorite toppings for an EASY weeknight meal you’ll be putting on repeat.

Different Toppings on paleo sloppy joesPaleo Sloppy Joes

I have this thing with sloppy joes. I’ve always just LOVED them. This is some seriously delicious comfort food, and with a quick update on ingredients this can be made Paleo friendly! Serve them on top of my paleo rolls for a deliciously satisfying meal, or if you want over a baked potato or sweet potato or spaghetti squash.

Ingredients Needed

  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Ground Beef
  • Arrowroot Powder
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Mustard
  • Vinegar
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Sea Salt

sloppy Joe filling in a panHow to Serve Paleo Sloppy Joes

Obviously, Sloppy Joe’s are traditionally served on a roll or some type of bread. Luckily I have a paleo bread recipe that makes amazing rolls so you can still use that option if you’re following a Paleo or gluten-free diet. Check out that recipe here.

If you are looking to skip the bread all together, feel free to serve this over a baked potato or sweet potato, or with spaghetti squash!

I love topping these with jalapeños, roughly chopped lettuce, sliced red onion and tomatoes but these are delicious all on their own as well!

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Paleo Sloppy Joe's

A comfort food classic, this Paleo Sloppy Joes recipe will definitely be a hit with the whole family. This cleaned up version is free from any added sugar, but still full of flavor and perfect to serve on a (paleo) roll with your favorite toppings for an EASY weeknight meal you'll be putting on repeat.

Yield 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Cuisine Paleo, Gluten-free, Whole30
Difficulty: Easy
Author: Lexi
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Sloppy Joe Filling

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 lb. grass-fed beef
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot
  • 1-15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons yellow or dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste

Optional Toppings

  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup lettuce, roughly chopped


  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for one minute.
  2. Add in ground beef and let cook until no pink remains, about 8 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle arrowroot over meat and stir to combine. Add in tomato sauce, white vinegar, yellow or dijon mustard, and spices. Mix well to combine.
  4. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  6. Serve on paleo rolls or roll of choice.


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September 15, 2019

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32 responses to “Paleo Sloppy Joes”

  1. I am seriously in AWE of you. I haven’t eaten a sloppy joe since I learned about healthy food..but I lurve them. So, these? I lurve you. Pinned!

  2. Some days you just gotta get down and messy and enjoy a sloppy joe! Delish!

  3. Love al the saucy goodness! These look fabulous!

  4. I have loved and missed an easy sloppy joe! I can’t wait to try these, you make it so easy! Pinned 🙂

  5. Gabriella says:

    This came out SO good! I LOVE sloppy joes and haven’t had it in a while. I made this for dinner last night, and there were no leftovers. DELICIOUS!

  6. Erin says:

    What size can of tomato sauce is used? Thanks!

  7. Jaimie says:

    Hi there…do you mean yellow/dijon mustard or ground mustard (spice)?

  8. It’s been far too long since I’ve made sloppy Joes, and these ones look fantastic! My family would be so happy if I made this tonight.

  9. GiGi Eats says:


  10. Jackie says:

    Made this last night – IT WAS SO GOOD!!!! I am not a baker and was concerned the bread would not come out right, but they did. I made them in muffin pans and split them open. Served open faced. Glad I doubled the batch of everything.

  11. Michelle says:

    My husband loves sloppy joes…using the can stuff, yuck! So since I have jumped back on the Paleo band wagon, I wanted to give this a go and see how he liked it, he LOVED it! I did add squirt or two of honey. Served them on your, yum!

  12. This is our go-to family dinner because it’s easy, delicious, and kid approved by a VERY picky kid!

  13. Heather says:

    wow!! so good and so easy!! thank you!!!

  14. Leeann says:

    How important is the arrowroot? I don’t have any – can I leave it out? Thanks!

  15. Stephanie says:

    Do you drain the fat from the meat?

  16. Kathy says:

    I was really anxious to try these – had to wait for my bun rings to come! They came today. Handles melted in the oven. Did you have that problem? Anyway, these are the BEST sloppy joes ever!!!!! We thoroughly enjoyed them!!! Loved the buns too! I’ll be making this again and again!!!!!

  17. Aly Callahan says:

    Made these tonight and absolutely loved them! Literally the easiest recipe I’ve made in a long time. My husband loved them as well. We realized we didn’t have buns, so we improvised with sweet potato buns and everything was fantastic!

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  18. Chance B says:

    Nice – i did half regular mustard /half dijon, and did red wine vinegar which really gave it a nice richness. Served it open face on top of some lo-carb chaffles – wonderful! Thank you!

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  19. Stephanie says:

    I make a turkey sloppy joe/straw hat filling that is more vegetable than meat and I like to eat it in endive leaves or mini sweet peppers.

  20. Kathy says:

    I was dying for these today but since our grocery store runs are pretty few and far between these days, I had to sub the tomato sauce for a 14.5 can of fire roasted tomatoes and then added in a little bit from my small can of tomato paste. Turned out great. Sometimes you just have to have sloppy joes. Especially right now!!! Thank you, always, for your delicious recipes. You’re one of my favs!!!!!

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