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Whole30 Sloppy Joes - Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and kid-friendly!

This Whole30, Paleo take on the classic sloppy joes is always a hit in our house! Simple, comes together in less than 30 minutes, and is a kid favorite! If you are just looking for a gluten-free option, you can serve these on gluten-free buns. Though, I personally still prefer the potato slider or lettuce cup!


5 from 4 votes

Whole30 Sloppy Joes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 c. Ketchup my favorite Whole30 compliant brand is Primal Kitchen
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 T dried chopped onion
  • 1/4 t lemon juice
  • 1 T date paste can use coconut sugar if not on Whole30
  • 1/2 T coconut aminos
  • 1 t vinegar
  • 1/2 t mustard


  1. Brown beef in large saucepan. Mix all remaining sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and add to beef once it’s browned.

  2. Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens.
  3. Great served on potato sliders or in lettuce cups.

Recipe Notes


Don’t overthink this one. Take a few potatoes (sweet potato, white, whatever!) and slice into 1/4 inch discs. Toss with enough oil to get on each one. Lay flat on a baking sheet covered with parchment. Sprinkle with salt. Bake at 425, flipping halfway until light brown on each side (40ish minutes depending on the type of potatoes).


  1. My family LOVES these, and they are so easy to make! I greatly prefer them to non-paleo sloppy joes.

    • I’m so happy these have been a family favorite!

  2. 5 stars
    When I first made these on Day 1 of my last Whole30, I think an actual tear came to my boyfriend’s eye. I don’t even remember the last time I had sloppy joes! These are SO GOOD and so much better than canned Manwich (what’s even in that stuff?). Highly recommend!

    • Lol, I totally ate Manwich growing up too! I love that this was a win for you and your boyfriend – hooray!

  3. 5 stars
    We always love a good sloppy joe recipe! And potato sliders rock!

  4. 5 stars
    This is a win in my house! I triple the recipe and freeze the leftovers. The only thing I’ve changed is not using as much water as the recipe calls for otherwise the sloppy joes are too runny for us. ☺️

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! My fiancé is a junk foody and frequently requests “non paleo” dinners but I was able to fib a little about this one and he loved every bite!

    • I love that it was a win even with your non-paleo fiance. Wahoo!


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