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Secretly Veggie Sloppy Joes

Author Morgan


  • 1-1.5 lbs ground beef*
  • .5 medium onion minced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic* minced
  • 5-6 button mushrooms minced
  • .5 large zucchini minced
  • 1 bell pepper minced
  • 3 TBS tomato paste
  • 2 TBS Worchestershire
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 1 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes


  1. Brown the meat and set aside. 

  2. Remove the excess fat, leaving about 2 tablespoons and cook the onion and pepper over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. 

  3. Add in zucchini and mushrooms, cook another 3-4 minutes before adding in garlic and cooking another minute. 

  4. Stir in cooked meat and the rest of the ingredients. 

  5. Simmer on medium for at least 15 minutes, or reduce to low and cook until ready to eat.

Recipe Notes

  • This mixture freezes very well - I recommend freezing in single portions for quick meals and defrosting!
  • You could use another meat, I just prefer beef sloppy joes! Turkey or chicken would make this even healthier, though. 
  • We use a lot of garlic in our house - here I used 5 or 6 large cloves, but feel free to keep it to 1-3.