Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joe sandwich

Serving Size: 1/2 cup meat, 1 bun | Serves: 5


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green or red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 5 whole wheat buns


  1. Combine ground beef, onion, celery, and pepper in a skillet. Add water.
  2. Cook over medium low heat for 15 minutes. Cook until beef mixture reaches at least 160°F.
  3. Put ground beef mixture in a colander set over a bowl. Drain fat into separate container, later discard in the trash. Rinse ground beef with warm water, and return to skillet.
  4. Add ketchup, mustard, and sugar. Heat 5–10 minutes on low heat.
  5. Serve mixture on whole wheat buns.

Nutrition information per serving:
300 calories, 11g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 0.5g trans fat, 60mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 29g total carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 11g sugar, 23g protein

This recipe is courtesy of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website. For more information, recipes, and videos, visit