Sloppy Joe’s Healthy Sandwiches

Do you remember growing up in grade school, walking with your lunch tray down the line and the lunch lady putting a Sloppy Joe’s Sandwiches on your tray? I certainly do! What public school attendee doesn’t remember that? This Sloppy Joe’s Healthy Sandwiches are a more figure friendly version. Less fat, less processed additives and less sodium too!

Sloppy Joe’s Healthy Sandwiches

Your family will love this recipe. I’ve made them with ground turkey to cut out even more fat as well! The version I have here and the recipe calls for ground beef, but feel fee to subsitute which ever ground meet you like most!

Putting Sloppy Joe’s Together

The first thing you want to do is gather all of your ingredients. Heat a pan, and while your ground meat is browning and getting some good yummy color, chop peppers, onions, and garlic, or use pre-chopped garlic like me. Huge time saver!

Sloppy Joe’s Ingredients

When your meat is browned you can add in your veggies and saute until tender. At this point, you can add all of the other ingredients and simmer until thickened and saucy! Slice some cheeses, grab your sandwich rolls and condiments, and have some delicious fun family dinner!

Sloppy Joe’s Step By Step

Sloppy Joe’s Sandwiches Freezer Style

Label Your Freezer Bag

This recipe makes a great freezer meal! What I like to do, is get the veggies and the meat browned and then turn off the pan to cool. add all of the sauces to the freezer bag while the veggies soften and the meat browns. Once that is done, Let it cool, add it to the freezer bag, and lay flat to freeze. Don,t forget to label!

Sloppy Joe’s Freezer Meal

When you’re ready to cook, Thaw overnight and place in a pan. Bring up to a simmer, and heat until thickened. You may need to add a little extra tomato sauce for this version, as some of it sticks to the bag on it’s way out.

Sloppy Joe’s Healthy Sandwiches

Forget canned Manwich sauce, this homemade version is so delicious and versatile. With these ingredients, you have all of the control and it’s not processed! You can serve this as sandwiches, or over pasta or even baked potatoes. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ, Cheap Dinners, Easy, Kid Friendly, Sandwich
Servings: 5 People


  • 1/2 Cup Yellow Onion Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Red Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Lb Ground Beef or Turkey
  • 3 Tbsp Worsestershire
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Liquid smoke
  • 1 14 Oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt and Pepper

For Sandwiches

  • 5-6 Sandwich rolls or buns
  • Mayo
  • Mustard
  • 5-6 Slices Cheddar Cheese


  • Brown the ground beef or turkey in a pan over medium-high heat. Drain the fat, and add the veggies. cook until tender. Add tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire, and liquid smoke. Stir to combine, cover, and let simmer until thickened. Serve over buns with sliced cheese.

Back To Budget Friendly Family Favorite Meals

Do you make freezer meals? I absolutely love this time-saving trick. It’s so much easier to double a recipe and freeze half for later! check out my other recipe’s on my Recipe Page. And read more about My Secrets to Freezer Meal Success!

don’t forget to pin this post for later use! Feel free to comment below and share your freezer meals with me too. I love getting new ideas!

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