Beef · Dinner · Kid-friendly · Paleo · Whole30

Sloppy Joes (Whole30, Paleo, Kid-Friendly)

Another one of my favorite dishes from my childhood was Sloppy Joes.  We always knew my dad was on dinner duty when we saw that huge can of Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce on the counter.  My sibs and I loved that this was one of the few times we were encouraged to be a hot mess at the dinner table.  As a parent now, I was thrilled to find this Paleo/Whole30 Sloppy Joe recipe on my 3rd or 4th Whole30. Even with bell peppers in the sauce, I was surprised to hear that my kids loved it. Bonus points – it’s ready in under 30 minutes!

I serve it with zoodles, but my kids prefer it in a bowl with crumpled up plantain chips.


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Recipe adapted from: Jay’s Baking Me Crazy


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, ghee, or fat of choice
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound grass-fed beef
  • ¾ cup Paleo Whole30 Ketchup
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste


  1. Place the oil/fat in a large skillet.
  2. Add diced bell pepper and onion and sauté over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, until they start to soften and onions start to become translucent.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and garlic powder and stir in.
  4. Add the beef and break it up with a spatula. Cook until browned.
  5. Add ketchup, coconut aminos, and tomato paste and stir to combine.
  6. Let cook on low for at least 10 minutes. The longer it cooks the more the flavors will develop.
  7. Serve over zucchini noodles, a sweet potato, or just eat it out of a bowl.

Additional Notes

  • This dish reheats really well. Double the batch for leftovers for days.
  • Add red pepper flakes and/or diced jalapeno for some heat.
  • If making zoodles, the instructions are as followed:
    1. Spiralize 6 medium zucchini (peeled or unpeeled per your preference)
    2. Heat a large skillet or wok to medium heat, add zoodles
    3. Add salt and pepper to taste, mix well.
    4. Cover and steam for 5 minutes
    5. Drain if necessary. Serve immediately.

Make it Kid-Friendly
(not whole30/Paleo)

  • I serve this to my kids in a bowl with plantain chips sprinkled on top, OR on a gluten-free bun.



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