When I was a kid Sloppy Joe’s were a staple dinner in our house — the traditional beef with the can of sloppy joe sauce (I think it was a can, right?), on a bun with mayo and a side of cole slaw. Dinner served. I loved it. The adult version of me gagged at the thought of it. My tastes have changed, and with mostly healthy eating choices in our house, sloppy joes never came to mind when planning dinner menus. That is, until we realized we could make a clean eating sloppy joe recipe.

Now they are a staple dinner in my house too, just more like Sloppy Joes 2.0 or, as we like to call them, Clean Eating Sloppy Joes. I’ll admit I was terrified to tell my husband what we were having for dinner the first time I made this. I could picture the horrified look on his face as he’s probably even more health conscious than I am. BUT, now he is asking me for them every week.

clean eating sloppy joe ingredients

There are several things I love about this clean eating sloppy joe recipe:

sloppy joes recipe
  1. The recipe is quick and easy.
  2. It’s healthy!
  3. It’s pretty inexpensive.
  4. You can change it up a bit depending on your preferences (sweet potato vs regular baked potato, turkey vs ground beef).
  5. My kids love it. So, it’s a win.


We use ground turkey for our clean eating sloppy joe recipe, but you can definitely use ground beef instead! I normally chop up the onion and green pepper while the ground turkey is browning. Then, I add the onions for a few minutes.

clean eating sloppy joe

Once the onions soften a bit, I add in the green pepper, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, parsley and salt. While that cooks I will boil the dates in just enough water to cover them. This softens them enough to make the sauce. They only need to boil for a minute or two.

healthy sloppy joe recipe

I used to drop them into my blender with the tomato sauce and tomato paste next, but then I started making morning shakes every day and replaced my blender with a Magic Bullet. The Magic Bullet works just as well to make the sauce and the clean up is easier, so Magic Bullet wins!

After that, the sauce goes right into the pan, stirred in and you’re ready to serve up your clean eating sloppy joes! My family loves to eat this on top of sweet potatoes, but we occasionally opt for a regular baked potato. I love that you can swap several options out with this recipe depending on your preferences. Sometimes half of us eat baked sweet potato and the others eat a baked potato.

clean eating sloppy joes

The recipe below is more than enough to feed my family of four, but I normally double it and get a leftover night out of it as well! Be warned, once you try it and your family loves it you will have to start making it every week too!

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Clean eating sloppy joe recipe