Low Carb Sloppy Joes, Two Ways

Sloppy Joes…an oldie, but a goodie. Or if you’re from Western Maryland…Steamers…an oldie, but a goodie! Yes, out my way we call them Steamers. My grandmother used to make the best Steamers! No Manwich for her though. She would make them with plenty of ketchup – which means lot of added sugar.

I have shared a Sloppy Joe recipe before…but I consider this the new and improved version! This one has no Splenda and its served up in an “open-faced” style low-carb “sandwich.” I have even come up with two ways of serving this deliciousness up!

Low Carb Sloppy Joes, Two Ways

  • Servings: 2
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Recipe by: Jamie Boden at My Beautiful Ideal


  • 1 pound ground turkey (or any protein that floats your boat)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1- 14 oz can tomato sauce (no sugar added)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard + more for garnish
  • Bell peppers and/or beefsteak tomatoes


  1. In a large skillet on medium/high heat, brown your protein with garlic until cooked through.
  2. Drain excess fat from your protein and return to pan.
  3. Lower the heat to medium. Add tomato paste and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. Lower the heat to low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  6. To serve in a bell pepper: cut the bell pepper in half and remove the stem and seeds. Fill the pepper with the sloppy joe and top with additional yellow mustard.
  7. To serve in a tomato: turn the tomato upside down and slice into wedges – be careful not to cut all the way through. (see picture above!) Fill tomato with the sloppy joe and top with additional yellow mustard.
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition: Calories 480, Protein 64g, Carbohydrate 6.3g, Dietary Fiber 1.7g, Total Sugars 2.7g, Total Fat 26g.

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