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 User ID: 7101358 247836
Reviewed May. 3, 2016

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

CarrieBerry4Chad User ID: 5330384 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 User ID: 3328929 191013
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2014

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

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