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Confetti Sloppy Joes

by Elizabeth Ebmeier, MS RD

Servings: 6 (3/4 cup meat + 1 sandwich bun Per Serving)
Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 20
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 3/4 cup meat + 1 sandwich bun
Amount per serving
Calories 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 
 Saturated Fat 2g 
Cholesterol 47mg 
Sodium 650mg 
Total Carbohydrate 33g 
 Dietary Fiber 2g 
Protein 21g 

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

You'd never know after eating this mouth-watering, kid-friendly sandwich that Sloppy Joes originated during financially tough war times in the 1940s as a way of stretching precious and expensive beef.


vegetable oil cooking spray
1 pound extra-lean ground beef
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 tablespoon white vinegar
¾ cup catsup
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
6 whole-grain or mixed-grain sandwich buns
1 sweet onion, thinly or thickly sliced, optional


  1. Spray a medium skillet with the cooking spray
  2. Combine the ground beef, diced peppers, and onion in the skillet. Cook on medium heat until the beef is thoroughly cooked, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Mix the vinegar, catsup, and mustard together and add to the beef mixture; simmer 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Scoop one portion onto each sandwich bun. Top with a slice of sweet onion.

Cooking Tip

Beef is a good source o iron, and the vitamin C in peppers (and tomato products) enhances absorption of iron.

Food Trivia

Sloppy Joes were once called "loose meat" sandwiches; the word "sloppy" was coined rather appropriately because the filling is messy and tends to drip off the bun. The term "Sloppy Joe" was also used to describe any cheap restaurant or lunch counter serving cheap food quick!

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About the author:

Elizabeth R Ebmeier MS RD

Elizabeth Ebmeier, MS RD




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