West Coast Snappy Joes Recipe
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West Coast Snappy Joes Recipe

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Meet my California-inspired sloppy Joe. Load it up with whatever toppings you like, or pour the filling over noodles. It's incredible on mac and cheese. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup soft sun-dried tomato halves (not packed in oil), chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeno peppers
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • Optional toppings: chopped avocado, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onions

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich (calculated without optional toppings): 288 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 575mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, jalapenos, tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, steak seasoning and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-6 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns with toppings as desired.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with sun-dried tomatoes that are ready-to-use without soaking. When using other sun-dried tomatoes that are not oil-packed, cover with boiling water and let stand until soft. Drain before using.
Originally published as West Coast Snappy Joes in Simple & Delicious August/September 2014

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jstowellsupermom 247836
Reviewed May. 3, 2016

"Great sandwich! Tons of flavor - whole family loved it!"

CarrieBerry4Chad 232741
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"We enjoyed this different take on sloppy Joes. We definitely thought it was much better with avocado, cheese and sour cream."

chickluvs2cook 191013
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2014

"Nice twist on the normal sloppy joe. Tons of flavor!"

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