Paleo Sloppy Joes

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Earlier today, I thought it would be fun to make Paleo Sloppy Joes.  The problem is, I didn’t really have a recipe, so kind of just winged it.

Turns out, I did a pretty good job if I do say so myself!

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  • 1 lb ground beef (I did grass-fed 85% lean, so there was a fair amount of fat to drain.)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 jalapenos (You can do celery or something like that if you don’t want it to be as spicy.)
  • 1 6-ounce can of tomato paste
  • 1 14-ounce can of no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder (Again, if you want it less spicy, you could do less.)
  • BBQ powder (I didn’t measure, just put in until it started having a little BBQ flavor)
  • “glob” of raw honey
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Brown the meat for a few minutes.  I left it a little red since it was going to cook longer in my Crock Pot, but if you’re concerned about undercooked meat, go ahead and brown it.
  2. Drain the meat and then place at the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Chop up the onion and jalapenos and put them on top of the meat in the slow cooker.
  4. Dump in all of the other ingredients and then stir well.
  5. Put the slow cooker on warm and cook for about three to four hours.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Obviously, I didn’t have true Sloppy Joes in the sense that I put the meat on a bun.  Out of laziness, I just ate it straight up out of a bowl, kind of like chili.  However, I bet it would be good if you put the Sloppy Joes between to pieces of iceburg lettuce, or had some coconut flour buns or bread.

Again, I love my Crock Pot, and this is another great recipe I’ll be making again!

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  1. David Podgursky says

    alternately you could do a lot with a crock pot or vitamix…

    just bothered me seeing your “reduce chemicals in the shower” post and then see “can of Tomato paste”…

    Easy steps – rough chop tomatoes, cook down some in pan with a touch of water and oil, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic and onions will be nice too… then run through mill/vitamix/food processor to make it smooth. I’d leave the seeds and skins personally…. if too wet, cook down more in the pot. then spread on a baking tray / casserole and put in 300 degree oven to dry out and concentrate.

    I’m sure that the crock pot would do the main job fine but you’d still need to process and dry it out some. Most Vitamix and similar blenders will actually cook for you – I’m just betting it would get a little watery and airy from it.

  2. David Podgursky says

    Make your own bbq powder!
    geez… salt, pepper, garlic, onion, (smoked) paprika, mustard seed, cumin, a little sweet, a little spice, some citrus peel…control the spices yourself.

    buy all the spices fresh or in bulk so you don’t get something that has already lost most of its flavor…. and remember to make it saltier and spicier than you think you need because whatever you mix it with will dilute the heat especially acid.

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