Easy Homemade Ground Beef Skillet Sloppy Joes

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Are you ready for some football? Easy Homemade Ground Beef Skillet Sloppy Joes are a delicious and quick meal that you can make in one skillet. Tailgating season is upon us, and there’s no better way to kick off a game day gathering than with some classic comfort foods. While the stadium parking lot might be bustling with fans firing up grills and smokers, you can create a tailgate-worthy dish right in your own kitchen.

I like to serve these easy homemade ground beef skillet sloppy joes with a twist. Serving them on either a baked potato or red potatoes makes this fan favorite Gluten Free. It also eliminates up to 230 mg of sodium by eliminating the hamburger bun. Low sodium recipes like these healthy ground beef recipes are great addition to your regular rotation on busy weeknights. 

Sloppy Joe's atop red potatoes with Chives on top for garnish

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The Spirit of Tailgating

Tailgating isn’t just about the game; it’s about camaraderie, fun, and of course, fantastic food. For many home cooks, like myself, who are watching our sodium intake, bringing the tailgate experience home is a family favorite tradition.

It’s an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen, whip up dishes that satisfy a hungry crowd even your picky eaters, and cheer for your team from the comfort of your own living room.

Man caring a blue cooler in the parking lot outside the stadium.

The Sloppy Joe: A Tailgating Classic

When it comes to tailgating classics, Sloppy Joes reign supreme. These saucy, messy, and utterly delicious sandwiches have been a staple at gatherings for generations that the whole family loves. The best part? They’re incredibly easy to make and perfect for a low sodium diet. You don’t need to be a gourmet chef to whip up a batch of homemade Sloppy Joes that will leave your guests cheering for more.

Getting Started – The Ingredients

Before we dive into the step-by-step process, let’s gather our simple ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 green peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz no salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (yellow or Dijon)
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • chopped chives for garnish
  • Baked Potato, red potatoes, low sodium buns or rolls, for serving
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream

The Play-by-Play: How to Make Homemade Sloppy Joes

Now that we have our playbook, let’s get cooking!

  1. Brown the Ground Beef: In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until it’s no longer pink. Be sure to break it apart with a spatula as it cooks, and drain any excess fat.
  2. Add the Vegetables: Add the chopped onion and green bell peppers to the skillet with the cooked beef. Sauté for a few minutes until the veggies are softened.
  3. Flavor with Garlic: Stir in the minced garlic and cook for a minute until it becomes fragrant.
  4. Create the Sauce: This is where the magic happens. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar and mustard to the skillet. Stir everything together until it’s well combined and the flavors hit that sweet spot.
  5. Simmer and Season: Reduce the heat to low, and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally to let the flavors meld together. Season with ground mustard and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve in Style: Spoon the Sloppy Joe mixture onto the vehicle of your choice. Potato or toasted low sodium hamburger buns. Top with chives and any addition topping of your choice. Note: Any additional toppings will need to be added to the sodium count. Potatoes add less sodium to this easy recipe and adds extra veggies! 

The Perfect Tailgating Spread

What’s a tailgate without some tasty sides? Consider serving your Sloppy Joes with coleslaw, potato salad, or classic game day snacks like chips and dip. Just make sure that you watch for any high sodium ingredient that don’t fit your low sodium diet.  Don’t forget refreshing beverages and, perhaps, a dessert or two like my Delicious And Easy Low Sodium Zucchini Brownies or The Best Low Sodium Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe tare a great way to round out your spread.

Wrap-Up

As a home cook, tailgating from home can be just as exciting as being at the stadium. Easy Homemade Ground Beef Skillet Sloppy Joes are the perfect addition to your game day menu. They’re quick, satisfying, full of fresh ingredients, and bursting with flavor – everything you need to keep the spirit of tailgating alive in your own kitchen. So, grab your jersey, your entire family and invite some friends over, and get ready to enjoy this delicious recipe for Sloppy Joes as you cheer for your favorite team!

It’s all about balance,

plated sloppy joe on top of baked potato

Easy Homemade Ground Beef Skillet Sloppy Joes

Easy Sloppy Joes for your tailgate
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 321 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 oz tomato sauce No Salt added
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste Low Sodium
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard yellow or Dijon
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard powder
  • chopped chives for garnish
  • Baked Potato red potatoes, Hamburger buns or rolls, for serving
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese

Instructions
 

  • Brown the Ground Beef: In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until it’s no longer pink. Be sure to break it apart with a spatula as it cooks, and drain any excess fat.
  • Add the Vegetables: Add the chopped onion and green bell pepper to the skillet with the cooked beef. Sauté for a few minutes until the veggies are softened.
  • Flavor with Garlic: Stir in the minced garlic and cook for a minute until it becomes fragrant.
  • Create the Sauce: This is where the magic happens. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar and mustard to the skillet. Stir everything together until it’s well combined.
  • Simmer and Season: Reduce the heat to low, and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally to let the flavors meld together. Season with ground mustard and pepper to taste.
  • Serve in Style: Spoon the Sloppy Joe mixture onto the vehicle of your choice. Potato or toasted hamburger bun. Top with chives and any addition topping of your choice. Note: Any additional toppings will need to be added to the sodium count.

Notes

Note: Nutritional values include baked potato

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 29gFat: 13gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 127mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7g
Keyword easy, Gluten Free, ground beef, hamburger, Low Sodium, sloppy joe, tailgate
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