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Cabbage Sloppy Joes

"Many friends think these tangy sandwiches are regular sloppy joes," relates Darlene Brenden of Salem, Oregon. "The crunchy cabbage is a delicious and healthy way to stretch the number of servings."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1-1/2 cups finely shredded cabbage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 8 sandwich rolls, split


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, cabbage, onion, celery and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Spoon 1/2 cup onto each roll.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 365 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 1085mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • ellimaye1
    Feb 1, 2021

    This is our favorite sloppy joe recipe! I love that it has tons of veggies. I use a whole green pepper but change nothing else.

  • amehart
    Jun 5, 2017

    Theses are delicious! I followed some of the reviews initially and cut back on the vinegar and lemon juice, but after tasting we found them too sweet. So added the rest of the vinegar and lemon juice and it was the perfect sweet/tangy taste. Everyone loved these and I will be making often.

  • ms11145
    May 31, 2017

    I followed this recipe and I knew family wouldn't like as is, so I put in some taco seasonings (like I usually do)) Perfect. I knew they would be okay with the cabbage as I make Cabbage Pockets (Rolls) all of the time.

  • gunslinger
    May 29, 2017

    A great way to sneak a serving of vegetables into your meal or use as a filler to make your meat go father. I couldn't taste or see the cabbage once it was shredded fine and cooked up with the meat. Very tasty, if you don't like tangy you might want to cut back a little on the vinegar or increase the sugar a little. We thought the flavor was very good as written.

  • hugakid
    Jul 5, 2013

    I make these a lot and really love them. My husband is not a fan of sloppy joes but he does like these, which is funny because he hates cabbage. Ok , he does not know that's one of the ingredents.

  • nataliepooh
    Jul 7, 2012

    I love this recipe, but my husband hates any kind of sloppy Joe, so I can only make it when he's not home. I cut the amount of lemon juice and vinegar in half. Even my kids like these, and it's so healthy!

  • erinmarie78
    Mar 24, 2012

    These were fantastic! I almost passed this recipe up because of the cabbage, but I'm glad I didn't. These are the best Sloppy Joes I've had... they are now replacing my longtime favorite Sloppy Joe recipe, everyone in my family has rated this one number 1! Best of all, my two toddlers ate these up, not even realizing there was cabbage, celery or green peppers in them. This one's a keeper! We loved the tanginess, it wasn't overboard... but if it seems too much, it's very simple to just decrease the amount of lemon juice or ketchup and then add more if needed. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Aljesbob
    Nov 2, 2010

    Great way to get veges in the kids without them knowing. I also used ground trukey instead of beef. I often substitute turkey or ground pork or a combination, again I don't tell my family. Turkey of course is more costly but overall better for you.

  • jpwyner
    Apr 10, 2010

    We make it with veggie crumbles for a healthier meal, yet it still tastes great.

  • keverwann
    Mar 25, 2008

    These are the tangy-est sloppy joes I have ever made; don't think I'll do that again. I did like the cabbage in them though! I put them in the "Cheeseburger Buns" recipe (also found on ToH) and they turned out nice.