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Hidden Veggie Sloppy Joes

Hidden Veggie Sloppy Joes

Kelly @eclecticmommy


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 c. red onion chopped
  • 1/2 c. celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 c. low-sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 c. red bell pepper puree
  • 1/2 c. sweet potato puree
  • 1/4 c. tomato paste
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. chili powder or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • whole-grain hamburger or hot-dog buns


  • Steam red peppers and puree. Steam sweet potatoes, puree; adding some cooking liquid to achieve a thinner consistency.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion, celery, and garlic. Cook until the onion and celery soften.
  • Add the meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, and brown.
  • Add remaining ingredients, mix until combined. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 10-15 minutes.
  • Spoon the mixture over buns and serve.


-Make your purees ahead of time in large batched and freeze in ice cube trays.
-Use a classic potato masher for perfect ground beef crumbles.
-Make mixture ahead of time. Tastes even better after sitting for a day or two.
-Serve on hot dog buns for a less messy sloppy joe.