These Whole30 Sloppy Joes is a Whole30 take on the classic sloppy joes and is always a hit in our house! Simple, comes together in less than 30 minutes, and is a kid-favorite!
They are kept Whole30 by using date paste to sweeten them. What is date paste? It’s just dates softened by soaking and then blended with water. And yes, I have checked with the CEO of Whole30, Melissa Urban, and it’s compatible to use in sauces ; ).
Ways to Serve It
If you are just looking for a gluten-free option, you can serve these Whole30 Sloppy Joes 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. Plus, the grooves are perfect for holding in the sloppy joes!
Other Fast Weeknight Meals
Need more 30-minute dinner options? Here are some of our favorites! They are all Whole30, but we love them both on or off a Whole30.
Here are the ingredients to these Whole30 Sloppy Joes. You can find them at most grocery stores. They are simple and keep this recipe budget-friendly!
- Ground beef – Feel free to let good enough be good enough and use regular, non-grass fed if that is most accessible to you. You can also use ground turkey or chicken if that works better for you!
- Ketchup – If you are on a Whole30, be sure to use compatible ketchup. My favorite brand is Primal Kitchen. Otherwise, whatever ketchup works for you will do!
- Dried Minced Onion – The cheapest place for spices is Winco bulk bins or Walmart. Dried spices are a great way to keep things budget-friendly.
- Lemon juice – You can use freshly-squeeze or bottled from the juice aisle.
- Date paste – See the recipe below or the details above on what Date Paste is.
- Coconut Aminos – What are coconut aminos? It’s a great Whole30 substitute for soy sauce and can be found in the soy sauce aisle. Trader Joe’s has the cheapest if you have one close to you, or I get this one from Walmart.
- Vinegar – White distilled basic vinegar.
- Mustard – Traditional yellow mustard, like French’s.
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
- 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.
SlidersDon’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 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.