I love sloppy joes. Spicy, sweet tomato sauciness on a bun. Yum. I joined pinto beans and brown rice to make a complete protein in place of the meat. I like my sloppy joes just a little sweet so I also added in some apple butter. These sloppy joes were made in the crock pot and were so easy. I just tossed in all the ingredients, set on high and 4 and 1/2 hours later they were done.


  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red, green or orange pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tesp corriander
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sea salt or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup no sugar added apple butter (see recipe here)
  • 2 cans no salt pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans diced no salt fire roasted tomatoes or regular diced tomatoes if you prefer
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional topping)


  1. Put all the ingredients into the crock pot.
  2. Add all the ingredients to crock pot

  3. Stir to mix all the ingredients together.

    Stir well to mix together

  4. Set on high for 4-5 hours depending on your crock pot.
  5. Check after 4 hours to see if the rice is tender and the sauce is the desired consistancy.
  6. Spoon onto Clean Eating Hamburger Buns (see recipe here) and top with shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 10 servings.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 140.5, Cal. from Fat: 6, Total Fat: .5g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: 28g, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 4g, Protein: 4.5g, Sodium: 40mg, Chol: 0mg


These sloppy joes do reheat well the next day but may need a little more vegetable stock added since the rice tends to absorb all the moisture.

I use no salt or low sodium because I prefer to control the type and amount of salt in my recipes. You can use regular beans or tomatoes but remember they do have added salt so check the nutrition information to see how much has been added.

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