Beef & Veggie Sloppy Joes

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Cook: 5 hours


10 sandwiches

Updated: Feb. 15, 2022
I’m always looking for ways to serve my family healthy and delicious food, so after I started experimenting with my favorite veggies and ground beef. I came up with this favorite that my three kids actually request! This healthy take on sloppy joes reminds me of my own childhood. —Megan Niebuhr, Yakima Washington
Beef & Veggie Sloppy Joes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, shredded
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 10 whole wheat hamburger buns, split


  1. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 13 ingredients. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, 8-10 minutes; crumble meat; drain. Transfer beef to slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until heated through and vegetables are tender. Use a slotted spoon to serve beef mixture on buns.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 316 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 565mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 5g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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