I have never liked Sloppy Joes. We used to have a can of Manwich in the cabinet when I lived in Pennsylvania. I remember it vividly. I’m not sure who ever finally ended up eating it, but it wasn’t me. I couldn’t stand the idea of putting a sloppy mess of tomato-infused meat from a can on a hamburger bun.
But my boyfriend, Andy, does like Sloppy Joes. Which is how we came to try this recipe. I compromised, I’d make Sloppy Joes if I could make Paleo Sloppy Joes. And that just meant that I didn’t have to put the meat on a bun that would get all soggy and gross. I’d put it on a warm sweet potato, so much better.
And the bonus, we had most of the ingredients at home already!
Paleo Sloppy Joes
4 sweet potatoes, pre-baked (microwave for 8-10 minutes or until soft)
1 pound of ground beef
1/2 sweet onion, diced
1/4 green onion, diced
1/2 cup of celery, diced
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 14-oz can of diced tomatoes with liquid
1 6-oz can of tomato paste
1/4 cup of water
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large sauce pan, saute onions, celery, and green pepper in a skillet until tender. Add garlic powder and cook for another two minutes.
Add ground beef and cook until browned. Add chili powder and cumin, stir. Pour in can of diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cut sweet potatoes in half, separate a bit so that the sweet potato makes a bowl. Spoon in sloppy Joe mixture, serve and enjoy.