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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. On Whole30? Use a potato slider, or any roasted/baked potatoes of choice, or even just a lettuce cup (I love butter lettuce for flexible lettuce cup wraps!)

Another favorite way we love these sloppy joes is using my Paleo Waffles for the buns! They are so easy and affordable, with better ingredients than most GF buns, and the grooves are perfect for holding in the sloppy joes!

Paleo Waffle Sloppy Joes - Easy, budget friendly and a kid favorite!

Whole30 Sloppy Joes

5 from 10 votes


  • 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


  • Brown beef in large saucepan. Mix all remaining sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and add to beef once it’s browned.
  • Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens.
  • Great served on potato sliders or in lettuce cups.


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).

Date Paste

5 from 10 votes


  • 1 c. pitted dates packed
  • ½ c. very hot water


  • Combine dates and hot water in a bowl and let sit for 1 minute. I usually press them down into the water a bit to ensure they all are soaking. Place dates and all the liquid in a blender and process for 30 seconds or until completely smooth. Store in a closed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 weeks.


  1. 5 stars
    One of my favorite Whole 30 approved recipes! My entire family loves and would never even know it was any different from the original recipe they’re use to. Plus its super easy!

  2. Where do you find date paste please? Can’t find it in my local stores anywhere, not even WF. Thank you!

    • Great question! I make it, it’s just dates + hot water. I share that on my Cauliflower Oatmeal recipe here https://wholefoodfor7.com/cauliflower-oatmeal/ but I will also add it here. Thanks for asking!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipes is on our weekly rotation of family favorites recipes, even my 2 toddlers will eat it!

    • Yay! I love that this is a family win and on the rotation, thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Yum this was so good! Perfect for January whole 30!

  5. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! This is a go to when I am on Whole30

    • Hooray, I’m so happy this is a go-to for you!

  6. 5 stars
    Tastes better than my favorite childhood sloppy joes! This is so delicious and bonus it is a snap to make so I can have my girls be involved in making dinner with me! 🙂 We always try to make an extra for the freezer for when that craving strikes!

    • Aw yay! Sounds like a win all around – I’m so happy to hear this, thank you!

  7. 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!

    • 5 stars
      I’ve tried a few different clean sloppy joe recipes and this one is the best. I used coconut sugar instead of date paste and it was delicious. We paired it with your sweet potato toast recipe.

      • I’m so happy this was the sloppy joe recipe worth keeping! Thank you!

  8. 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!

  9. 5 stars
    We always love a good sloppy joe recipe! And potato sliders rock!

  10. 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. ☺️

  11. 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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