Paleo Sloppy Joes Recipe

Amanda Livesay | Fake Ginger Updated

Paleo Sloppy Joes are so good! Just like Mom used to make, only cave man approved, of course.

One of the hardest things about being paleo is missing those classic foods that you grew up on that are comforting just because mom made them.

You know, things like spaghetti and meatballs, tacos, or, for me, sloppy joes.

I love sloppy joes so much. We did dinner at the table every night of my life growing up but for some reason, I only have really distinct memories about sloppy joes.

Paleo Sloppy Joes Photo

And the occasional meatloaf night because we would pick on my dad for mixing his meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and peas all together. But that’s beside the point.

So, since I love sloppy joes so much and make them so often, my kids have also developed a love for them and I’ve had to find a way to make them paleo for me but still really delicious for them.

Because who wants to make two different sloppy joes recipes for dinner? Not me!

Paleo Sloppy Joes Picture

Traditional Sloppy Joes are obviously nowhere near paleo. I mean, you’ve got the bun which is definitely not paleo, and then they usually have some kind of sugar in them plus a lot of recipes call for ketchup, and store-bought ketchup is definitely not paleo.

So for these, I took my usual sloppy joes recipe that I have been making for probably 10 years and got rid of all the non-paleo ingredients.

That means swapping out the brown sugar for honey (you could also use pure maple syrup if you prefer), using coconut aminos instead of worcestershire sauce, and, of course, getting rid of the bun.

You could totally make your own paleo bread to make it more authentic but I really enjoy the sloppy joes mixture on sweet potatoes because I make my sloppy joes a little bit spicy. The sweet and spicy combo is perfect.

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Paleo Sloppy Joes Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 pound Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 15 ounce can Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Aminos
  • 1 teaspoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard, paleo-friendly
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 6 Sweet Potatoes, baked until tender and split open


  1. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef, onion, and red bell pepper.
  2. Cook, breaking up the beef, until the vegetables are softened and the beef is cooked through. Drain if necessary.
  3. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds, just until fragrant.
  4. Add chili powder, salt and pepper, tomato sauce, water honey, coconut aminos, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and red pepper flakes.
  5. Bring to a simmer and let cook until thickened to desired consistency.
  6. To serve, spoon mixture into warm sweet potatoes.


Cooking Method:
Healthy Eating
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Author: Amanda Livesay
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 137
Calories 380

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g
  Saturated Fat 8g
Sodium 199mg
Total Carbohydrate 39g
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 14g
Protein 15g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Amanda Livesay

About Amanda

Amanda makes all kinds of recipes on Fake Ginger, and on more than one occasion, she'll post a super healthy paleo recipe followed by something stuffed with chocolate and covered in Funfetti frosting. We're excited to say we're getting all the healthy stuff, because Amanda's our Paleo Fanatic!