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Fire-Roasted Sloppy Joes

Fire-Roasted Sloppy Joes
  • Quick & Easy!
Serves: 4Ready In: 20 minutes

Why We Like It

Our kids like sloppy joes, but we were a little skeptical about whether our kids would like these.  Turns out, they are delicious and our daughter asked for thirds!  She said it tastes like chili on a bun!  And the great thing about the butternut squash is it adds the sweetness so you don't need the processed sugars typically found in sloppy joes.  Feel free to substitute a sweet potato for the butternut squash.

Saute the Veggies:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion (diced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 cup butternut squash (peeled, seeds removed and finely diced, or cut into 1/2 inch pieces, or use sweet potato)

Add oil to a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the veggies and cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix the Seasonings:

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar (or date sugar)

Add to a small bowl and stir to combine.  Set aside.

Cook the Ground Beef:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef

Add to the onion mixture in the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, breaking apart as it cooks.

Add the Rest:

  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce

Add to the skillet, along with the seasoning mixture, and stir to combine.  Cook for about 5 more minutes.

Toast the Buns:

  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns

Toast in the oven (350 degrees for about 3 minutes) or in the toaster.

Serve and Enjoy!

Serve the sloppy joes on toasted buns.

Quick Tips

The key to this recipe coming together quickly is chopping your butternut squash (or sweet potato) in fine small pieces…the smaller the pieces, the faster it will cook.  Or, add the veggies to a food processor and pulse to finely chop…this will help “hide” the veggies in the sloppy joes!

If you toast your hamburger buns in the oven, this is where an olive oil sprayer comes in handy, you can lightly spray the buns before you put them in the oven — it helps them brown and makes them taste so good!

Nutrition Information for one serving

  • Calories: 385
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 29 g
  • Cholesterol: 73 mg
  • Fiber: 4.5 g
  • Sugars: 10.5 g
  • Protein: 30 g
  • Sodium: 690 mg
(Recipe adapted from