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Keto Sloppy Joes

Keto Sloppy Joes are a flavorful and delicious way to enjoy your ground beef with clean ingredients and few carbs.

keto sloppy joe sandwich on a low carb bun

I guess I've been on a bit of a nostalgic kick lately, sharing kid-friendly keto recipes like my keto french toast sticks and keto pigs in a blanket. Today's recipe really isn't much different...keto sloppy joes!

These recipes have been coming out of my cookbook:  The Keto Kids Cookbook. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s got 75 delicious, low carb, kid-friendly recipe ideas!

Sloppy Joes were a favorite for my husband--whose name is Joe, funny enough--growing up. He loved a good can of Manwich, as did I!

But those canned sloppy joes, though tasty and nostalgic, are a bit tougher to fit into a keto diet... with 8 grams of carbs per serving and ingredients like high fructose corn syrup.

These delicious, better for you, keto sloppy joes that I'm sharing are lower in carbs, have cleaner ingredients, and still come with a delicious taste your whole family will love!

bowl of keto sloppy joes with no bun

What ingredients do you need to make keto sloppy joes?

  • Ground Beef - I'm not too picky about the percentages here. I generally like to go for an 80/20 ground beef, but honestly it doesn't really matter.
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic Powder - You don't need very much, but if you're like me...the more the better!
  • Chili Powder
  • Butter - I prefer to go with salted, but unsalted won't make much of a difference.
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Onion
  • Worcestershire Sauce - A delicious, delicious sauce that I cannot pronounce.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Tomato Sauce - There are a bunch of options at the store, but you'll want to go with a no-sugar added variety.
  • Tomato Paste
  • Water

Keto Hamburger Buns

You can't have keto sloppy joes without keto hamburger buns. To make them, I just used my keto dinner rolls recipe, which is based on the popular fathead dough. Super simple and super delicious! You can also check out this tasty air fryer recipe for low carb buns!

close up on four keto sloppy joes sandwiches with a low carb hamburger bun on each

Nutrition Information

This recipe makes 4 large servings. For one serving of these keto sloppy joes (without the bun because you might use a different recipe or go bunless) you're looking at:

Calories: 372.2 Calories
Total Carbs: 6.2 grams
Fiber: 1.5 grams
Net Carbs: 4.7 grams
Protein: 21.3 grams
Fat: 28.9 grams

And here's a breakdown of the nutrition based on the ingredients I used:

Yield: Serves 4

Keto Sloppy Joes

Keto Sloppy Joes

Keto Sloppy Joes are a flavorful and delicious way to enjoy your ground beef with clean ingredients and few carbs.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef until no pink remains, about 10-15 minutes. Drain the fat and return to heat.
  2. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder and stir to evenly coat.
  3. Add the butter, diced pepper and onion to the pan. Stir and let cook for 2 minutes to allow veggies to soften.
  4. Pour in the worcheshire sauce, apple cider vinegar, tomato sauce and stir.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the water and tomato paste then add to the skillet. Stir all ingredients until well combined. Bring to a low boil then reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. Veggies will be softened and most liquid will be cooked down when done. Serve warm on a low carb bun of your choice or enjoy in a bowl.


If you prefer less chunky sauce, you can blend the onion, pepper and tomato sauce together in a food processor and add it in all at once.

Nutrition Information:


4 servings

Serving Size:

¼ of recipe

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372.2Total Fat: 28.9gCarbohydrates: 6.2gNet Carbohydrates: 4.7gFiber: 1.5gProtein: 21.3g

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Tuesday 24th of May 2022

Tastes nothing like sloppy joes at all! Just hamburger in tomato sauce with some spices.☹ When we were vegan and I made sloppy joes with TVP they tasted exactly like the ones we gad as kids

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