I hated sloppy joe’s growing up.  Sloppy joes and meatloaf were both on my “I’d rather starve first than eat” list.  My husband, being from South Africa, didn’t grow up eating either of these American favorites.  Last year when I told him that I was making meatloaf he asked me if I had a backup plan for dinner just in case.  As it turns out the entire family LOVED the ‘Meatloaf’ and it’s one of our favorite meals.  Since I had so much success with the meatloaf I decide to tackle Sloppy Joes.  I had this recipe from Weight Watchers that I thought sounded a bit more fun than the tradition sloppy joe.  I played around with the recipe quite a bit and added in some black beans for extra protein and the results were amazing.  I could NOT stop eating this!  I stood over the pan while it was simmering and continued to taste test it - yanno, just to make sure it still tasted good.  By the time it was done simmering I was stuffed.  I had just enough leftover to feed my husband and kids.  They loved it too, even my husband who vowed he would never eat anything with black beans.  Oh, and while you can serve this without the slaw topping it really tastes sooooo good with it.  Give it a try and tell us what you think!


Ingredients for Sloppy Joes:

  • 1 1/2 pounds organic grass fed lean ground beef (for a vegetarian/vegan option use 2 cups quinoa instead of ground beef)
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic sweet corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup no salt added black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced (if you like it spicy feel free to added another jalapeno)
  • 1 tbsp raw coconut crystals
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • sea salt to taste
  • 8 Homemade Hamburger Buns or you favorite hamburger bun, split in half, toasted if desired
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional - omit for vegan option)

Ingredients for Honey Lime Coleslaw:

  • 1 1/4 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tbsp raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (or cilantro)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne (if you like it spicy you can add in another 1/2 tsp or 2)


  1. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients for the coleslaw.  Mix well and chill in the refrigerator.
  2. In a large saute pan cook the ground beef over high heat.  Drain and return to heat.
  3. Add in the onions, corn and jalapeno.  Saute for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat.
  4. Reduce heat to low and add in the ketchup, beans, coconut crystals, mustard and cumin.  Mix well and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and top each hamburger bun bottom with sloppy joe mixture, top with cheese (if desired) and coleslaw.  Cover with hamburger top and enjoy!

Nutritional Info:

Makes 8 sloppy joes.

Serving size 1 sloppy joe.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 373.5, Cal. from Fat: 138, Total Fat: 16.5g, Sat. Fat: 3.5g, Carbs: 39g, Fiber: 5.5g, Sugars: 9g, Protein: 21g, Sodium: 132mg, Chol: 53.5mg


Leftover sloppy joe and coleslaw can be stored in separate airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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