These easy low carb Sloppy Joes are a great weeknight dinner for the whole family. You can mix them up in little time and can eat them with these cheesy low carb waffles as bread! An easy and fun low carb family dinner!
You might also love these low carb stuffed pizza burgers!
I know this might sound strange but I have never had a Sloppy Joe. It’s not something my mom made or that I remember ever eating. However, it has always looked good to me and thought my son would love it. So I made my low carb Sloppy Joes for my family and I placed them on top of my low carb cheese waffles. Delicious! This goes on my go-to quick dinner list.
Other Tasty Low Carb Ground Beef Recipes
Ground beef is inexpensive and very versatile so I use it a lot. Here are few of my favorite ground beef recipes:
- low carb meatballs: you can use breadcrumbs or parmesan cheese instead of breadcrumbs – Mongolian beef meatballs, meatball stroganoff, gyro flavored meatballs and Middle Eastern meatballs
- stuff vegetables with it: such as mushrooms, peppers, portobellos, zucchini or eggplant
- use on salads – crumble, brown and add steak seasoning for a burger like topping – Big Mac salad, bacon blue cheese burger salad, taco Cobb salad
- meatloaf – Mexican chili meatloaf, meatloaf stuffed portobellos
- make it into bagels or crackers (yes bagels & crackers) – gyro bagel burgers and gyro meat crackers (I like that gyro taste!)
- of course burgers: cheddar stuffed taco burgers, burgers with mushrooms & gruyere, cheese stuffed pizza burgers
Are Sloppy Joes Low Carb?
Obviously I have made this recipe low carb so yes they can be low carb. However traditional sloppy joes are not because they can use ketchup or tomato sauce and brown sugar which are high in carbs. And then there is the bun which you serve it on.
So all you have to do is tackle those 3 obstacles and you have a low carb Sloppy Joe sandwich! I used tomato paste which is very concentrated and Swerve brown sugar which is a new product for me and I love it!
Low Carb Sloppy Joe Recipe
This is a simple recipe you can make in under 20 minutes. You start by browning the meat and peppers. Meanwhile mix the rest of the ingredients to make the sauce. Once the meat is no longer pink, pour over the sauce and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. That’s it!
Can You Eat Sloppy Joes Without Bread?
Of course you can. These taste delicious as is. You can also eat them on some cauliflower rice or with zucchini noodles. However I highly suggest these low carb savory waffles pictured below.
I use them as hamburger buns too. You can find the low carb waffle recipe in this post and it’s only requires a few ingredients such as eggs, cauliflower and cheese. A set of two small waffles has 1.6g net carbs so they make great buns! I only use 1 though and eat this with a fork. They are not called Sloppy Joes for nothing. 🙂
I hope you like these low carb Sloppy Joes and that they become a family favorite for you because they are so easy to make. If you are looking for a non-low carb recipe, check out my friend Arlene’s Crock Pot Sloppy Joes.
The nutritional information for 1 serving of the meat is:
239 cals / 14g fat / 5.5g carbs / 1.1g fiber / 21.1g protein = 4.4g net carbs
The nutrition for 2 waffles (1 bun) is:
165 cals / 12.3g fat / 2g carbs / 0.4g fiber / 11.8g protein = 1.6g net carbs
Easy Low Carb Sloppy Joes with Waffle Bread
These easy low carb sloppy joes are a great weeknight dinner for the whole family. You can mix them up in little time and can eat them with these cheesy low carb waffles as bread! An easy and fun low carb family dinner!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 teaspoon mustard dijon
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 cup peppers, diced
- 7 tablespoons paste
- 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Swerve brown sugar**
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper
In a large saute pan, add the oil, peppers and ground beef. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if you wish.
While that is browning, mix together the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Once the meat is no longer pink, pour over sauce and let simmer for 10 minutes until the peppers are completely soft and the sauce has thickened.
While the mixture is simmering, make your low carb cheese waffle buns (recipe here) and set aside.
Top 1 waffle with the meat mixture and serve.
***NOTE *** I used Swerve brown sugar. It has zero net carbs according to it's packaging so I did not include it in the calculations. They state on the package " The ingredients in Swerve do no affect blood sugar so the carbohydrates it contains are considered non-impact." The nutritional information states 1 teaspoon has 0 cals but 4g carbs all of which are made from erythritol which is a sugar alcohol and doesn't effect blood sugar.