Clean Eating Sloppy Joe’s Recipe

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Some recipes just scream, “Summer is coming!” This clean eating sloppy Joe’s recipe, for example…

All the excitement of warm, sunny days, big blue beaches, chlorinated swimming pools and the smells of coconut suntan lotion come flooding back to our memory banks after a long winter has finally ended. A time when we bring out the flip-flops, the tank tops and the BBQ’s, and let the fun times begin.

That’s what this recipe did for me on the cold, wintery night I made it. Good thing I had my memories to warm me or I might have darn well froze to death!

Clean Eating Sloppy Joe's Recipe

Yes, I’m a California girl. So all you have to do is hold an ice cube within 10 feet of me and I swear I’m going to die from hypothermia, but still.

I was freezing.

I swear.

Plus, this was an easy dish for my frozen fingers to make, and I got to stand next to a warm stove while I was doing all that day dreaming. So it was a win-win.


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Clean Eating Sloppy Joes Recipe

Clean Eating Sloppy Joe's

For these sloppy joe's,  I used the Alvarado Street Bakery brand burger buns. Fantastic flavor, and clean!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 161kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 ½ lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce (no sugar added)
  • ½ cup clean ketchup (the OrganicVille brand is clean or make your own - see link above)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 1 medium red bell pepper


  • Put your olive oil in a large pan, add the turkey meat and cook over medium heat.
  • Once the meat is cooked, add everything else. Stir until well blended and heated through.
  • Scoop however much you want onto a clean hamburger bun and "get sloppy with that Joe!"


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 35.7mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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  1. I used to hate summer time…because I was fat and didnt want to be seen in cute dresses or a bathing suit. This year I couldnt be happier for summer to be here! I am down almost 80 pounds..still have a ways to go! With all that being said my favorite things to do this summer will be all outside activites! Playing outside with my daughter, doing side walk chalk, blowing bubbles, going to the pool every day and the park! I even got a Nashville Shores Waterpark pass because I feel comfortable in a bathing suit and cant wait to be doing somethin fun at the pool with my daughter! I cant wait to try all of the clean eating recipes off of your site! Our cook outs were full of fatty and unhealthy foods! This year they will be healthy and delicious foods! My favorite place to go in the summer is the Farmers Market to get fresh and organic fruits and veggies! My favorite thing to eat in the summer is grilled zucchini and squash and of course a big juicy tomato! Looking forward to making a clean eating pasta salad too!
    I love your site and make at least 5 to 10 things from it every week! YOU ROCK TIFFANY!

  2. I like this on Facebook

  3. Well my summer is going to be a busy one I hope. School just got out so now the planning starts for the little one. In a couple of weeks she gets to do basketball camp and hopefully it will warm up soon so we can go to the pool. We get to go see the inlaws and do the fun things that come with that. It is also is the start of on the weekends sitting around with good freinds with good food and maybe some good drinks every once in awhile. Hope to have fun and get to do some great things that we don’t get to do all the time. I like to eat a nice juicy peach and going to fishing!!

  4. My all-time favorite thing to do in the summer is to take the belly boats out to one of the reservoirs near Sheridan (WY) and go fishing with the kids and grandkids. It’s especially exciting when the little ones catch a fish! And then we clean them, cook them and have a picnic.

  5. Christy D. says:

    Beach is always my favorite. Summertime food favorite is Lavender Lemonade & Homemade ice cream (although I do NOT recommend eating them at the same time.)

    My favorite summer-time memory is hanging out at home with my sister & mom all summer long and doing NOTHING! The summer seemed to stretch forever….oh, to have the timeless lifestyle of childhood again!

  6. What do I love about summer??? HOT TEMPS (80s and 90s, with occasional 100s) and SUNSHINE!!! I love days at the lake — using the Waverunner and waterskiing.

    I also love the early morning sunrises …. I love being able to take my runs outside at 6AM, while my family is still sleeping. Even if I have a long run (1-1/2 to 2 hours), I’m done early, and I have the whole rest of the day to spend with my family!!!

    PS — I shared this link on Facebook! 😉

  7. Buneka Rosenthal says:

    The smell of the grill and the sound of kids giggling in the sprinkler is synonymous to summer for me:) Love the clean eating sloppy Joe inspiration….yummy!!

  8. Kimberly Dolin says:

    Summer means no school so lazy days! I love to chane my routine by eating fresh fruits and vegetables and working out in the morning! I love sitting on the screened porch watching the birds (especially the hummingbird), reading and doing my crafts! My favorite summer foods are Jersey corn on the cob and tomatoes. My favorite summer memories include playing outside all day on the swings and riding bikes. Now my time in the sun is limited due to getting burned way too fast!

  9. I am an Aussie girl, so like you I suffer so bad in Winter, which we are heading towards now, so those sloppy joes will definitely be on the menu!

    I am a beach girl through and through, I love getting into the water, I surf, snorkel and swim my way thought the entire year (thank goodness for wetsuits!). But my favourite thing is taking my little boy to the beach, he definitely picked up the merman gene from me because the look of absolute joy when he sees the water is priceless :).

  10. My favorite summer food is sweet cherries, and my favorite summer past time is reading on the beach. Oh, and I liked this post on Facebook.

  11. My favorite summer memory is how my whole family used to pile into the station wagon with a cooler full of soft drinks and bologna sandwiches, drive an hour to the beach, and stay there all day, swimming and hunting for shells and eating sandy sandwiches, until we were all burned to a crisp. Then we’d drive home with sand in our underpants. Good times! 🙂

  12. I always loved making Sloppy Joe’s for my kids because it was a great opportunity to disguise vegetables. Along with organic ground turkey or chicken, I like using a good organic marinara, like Muir Glen and to that I add:
    One cup of grated carrots
    One cup of grated zucchini
    One medium diced onion
    Agave nectar to your taste
    One teaspoon liquid smoke.
    Cook until tender and serve over whole-wheat or sprouted wheat hamburger buns.
    Bon a petit!

  13. Rebecca C. says:

    What is your favorite summer-time food? My fav summer- time food is strawberry shortcake and watermelon.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  14. Rebecca C. says:

    I shared this on Facebook. I’m Rebecca Anne on FB.

  15. Laurie Kramer says:

    congrats, Katherine!!

  16. Cait @ Beyond Bananas says:

    I LOVE sloppy joes. I make a similar recipe..but I love the things you use. I think I may try this one next time. Thanks for reminding me about sloppy joes.. we haven’t had them for a while! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cait – You’re welcome! Hope you enjoy them!

  17. Stephanie says:

    I like to use sloppy joes to disquise veggies as well. I throw in whatever I have available, but always use onions, peppers, and garlic. I also make a sloppy joe corn bread bake with a little cheese between the sloppy joes and cornbread to make it stick. My boys love it. Just make your sloppy joes and put it in a pan (use a pan depending on how much sloppy you make) and then put a thin layer of cheese (I use cheddar, not sure how clean that is) then put the corn bread on top. Bake for 15-18 minutes until corn bread is golden. I am going to try it tonight with your cornbread recipe, modified to fit what I have on hand. Thanks!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Stephanie – I’ve always wanted to try that! Let me know how it turns out!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Sabrina – Welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  19. graciouspantry says:

    CEC – Wonderful! Thanks for letting me know!

  20. graciouspantry says:

    Why thank you! That’s quite a compliment!

  21. graciouspantry says:

    That’s wonderful! Congratulations!

  22. Shlonda Smith says:

    Just tried this! Love it!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awesome! So glad you enjoyed it!

  23. graciouspantry says:

    My pleasure! I’m glad you’re enjoying them!

  24. Mrs pearze says:

    This was the first clean eating recipe I have tryed ,and I loved it!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awesome! Glad you liked it!

  25. Just made it! Loved it! Thanks for cleaner alternatives, it’s much appreciated 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Diane – Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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