Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are not just for kids, but when packed with flavor, it is a delicious easy meal you and your entire family will love. It is also a simple recipe for those who enjoy meal prepping. Easy to adjust protein, carbs, and fats to meet your macro requirements.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook or Rest Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Family dish, Meal Prep, Sloppy Joes
Servings: 4
Calories: 385kcal
Sloppy Joes



  • Heat a large skillet with lid to medium heat. Once the pan is hot add the oil, onions and garlic to the pan. Cook the onions and garlic, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  • Then add the ground beef to the pan. Using a heavy spatula or spoon, chop up the ground beef, mixing it in with the garlic and onions. Stir everything together, cooking for about 5 minutes, until the meat is just about cooked, and chopped up into smaller pieces.
  • Next add all the additional ingredients: tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, worchestershire, cholula, red pepper, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together until well combined. About 2 minutes. Then cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent burning.
  • After 10 minute remove the sloppy joe meat from the heat and serve on the thin sandwich rolls, or any roll of your choice. Or portion out for meal prep.
Sloppy Joes, great for kinds but with the right flavoring even adults will love this dish!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 118
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.1g20%
Saturated Fat 6.4g40%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3g
Cholesterol 103.1mg34%
Sodium 348mg15%
Potassium 257.5mg7%
Carbohydrates 20.3g7%
Fiber 4.4g18%
Sugar 8.5g9%
Protein 34.3g69%
Vitamin A 6.2IU0%
Vitamin C 12.2mg15%
Calcium 5.5mg1%
Iron 35.7mg198%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Are you meal prepping? Do you count your macros or calories? Check out my notes below on how you can incorporate this Sloppy Joes recipe into your meal prep. And easily adjust protein, carbs, and fats to meet your macro requirements.


This is a wonderful recipe for meal prepping. You can store the individual servings in the fridge for 5 – 7 days. But you will want to keep the bun separate from the sloppy joes meat, to prevent it form getting soggy. When you are ready to eat you can heat up the meat and the bun separately (should you wish the bun to be warm), then put together your sloppy joes sandwich and enjoy!


  • Protein: You can be adjust the amount of protein based on the amount and percentage of lean ground beef you use.
    • 90% lean: 1 oz, has 5.8 grams of protein and 2.8 grams of fat.
    • 92% lean: 1 oz, has 5.8 grams of protein and 2 grams fat.
    • 95% lean: 1 oz, has 6 grams of protein and only 1 gram of fat.
  • Because ground beef also contains fat, there is no way around the fat also changing. So you will want to keep that in mind when calculating your marcos.
  • Carbohydrate: You can adjusted the amount of carbohydrates based on the bread your choose to serve it on. I chose to use a thin multigrain bread which only has 20 grams of carbs. But you can choose to go “Protein Style” and have no bun at all, or use a carb rich bread. The choice is up to you!
  • Fats: You can adjusted the amount of fat based on the percentage of lean ground beef you use.
    • 90% lean: 1 oz, has 2.8 grams of fat and 5.8 grams of protein.
    • 92% lean: 1 oz, has 2 grams fat and 5.8 grams of protein.
    • 95% lean: 1 oz, has 1 gram of fat and 6 grams of protein.
  • Ground beef also contains protein. As a result of making adjustments to the fats you will also make adjustments to the protein in this recipe. Therefore you will want to keep that in mind when calculating your marcos.

When adjusting macros you will want to keep in mind the number of servings you are making.

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I love the options for swapping! Sloppy Joes are one of my favorite meals- and I agree, pickles are a must! Thanks for this