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Best Easy Keto Sloppy Joes

The best easy keto Sloppy Joes are a family favorite and an easy low carb weeknight meal. Ground beef simmered in a homemade spicy Sloppy Joe sauce, can be ready to eat and on the table in under 15 minutes.

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Keto sloppy Joe on chaffles

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Keto Sloppy Joes are by far one of the most requested meals in my house. I really can’t complain because they’re super easy to make, and I like them just as much as the kids.

With just a few ingredients and a skillet, it’s easy to whip up your sloppy Joe filling in ten to fifteen minutes. I’d say that’s just about perfect for a weeknight when I want something comforting and hot on the table. The best thing is, it’s always a hit with the family.

I’ve been making this recipe for a long time, and actually it’s on our meal plan (written out by my daughter) at least once every couple of weeks. When I thought about it, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t shared the recipe on Explorer Momma.

Now’s the time! So why not give it a try?

What do you need for this recipe? Not a lot, if I’m honest

🍽 Equipment

Keto sloppy Joe mixture in a skillet

🥘 Ingredients

  • ground beef
  • chopped green bell pepper
  • garlic granules (or powder or fresh minced)
  • onion powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • tomato sauce
  • apple cider vinegar
Ingredients for keto sloppy Joes

What makes a tasty meal? A good recipe and mix of flavor. What else?

Good quality ingredients.

When you select your groceries, read the labels and buy organic whenever possible. I recently discovered one of the cans of tomato sauce I’d bought before had added sugar. Really?! It’s tomato sauce!

For beef, I like to buy grass-fed local beef or from ButcherBox. We have loved having our meat delivered to the front door. It’s been especially helpful during this stressful time. You know I don’t want to have to worry about meat not being available in the local grocery stores.

🔪 Instructions

I love this recipe because it’s delicious yet so simple to make.

How to make keto Sloppy Joes

First, get out all the ingredients and equipment needed.

Second, brown the ground beef in a skillet on medium-high heat. As it begins to brown, add in the chopped green pepper to cook. After 3-5 minutes, the meat will be browned and peppers soft. Then drain off the excess fat.

If you want to keep the fat that’s fine. However, the children in this house prefer not to have it oozing around their plates!

Next, sprinkle on the garlic granules, onion powder, red pepper, black pepper, and salt. Stir it all up to combine.

After that, pour in the tomato sauce and apple cider vinegar. Stir it together with a spoon or spatula, then bring it to a simmer. Turn the heat down to low, and simmer it for 5 to 10 minutes.

Mix it up again and serve!

💭 Top tip

Can I tell you a secret? When I’m in a hurry on a weeknight I don’t like to chop onions. What? Imagine that.

Therefore, my top tip for quick and easy keto sloppy Joes is to use garlic granules and onion powder. I keep a good quality brand of both on hand at all times, and I don’t mind admitting I use them a lot.

You may be wondering why I don’t always use fresh minced garlic and onion. Well, the fact is you can use fresh, but that involves more chopping and peeling, and my eyes watering.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still times I prefer to use fresh garlic and onion. But don’t fret, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using granules or powder to get the meal on the table and spend more time with your family.

Open faced keto sloppy Joes

🥗 What to serve with keto Sloppy Joes

So there you have the keto Sloppy Joe filling. Now, how and with what do you serve them?

There are many ways to serve keto Sloppy Joes. When I’m in a big hurry I eat a serving of the mixture alone with a side of green beans or a salad.

If you’re missing a bun there are several other options to choose from:

  1. Make some easy chaffles like my Garlic Parmesan Chaffle Recipe. This is my daughter’s favorite way to eat them.
  2. Wrap in a strong lettuce or cabbage leaf. We like Boston lettuce.
  3. Use your favorite keto bread or buns.
  4. Try a cheese wrap or sandwich between two pieces of white cheddar (or any other cheese).

On the side, I like to serve a green veggie. As I mentioned before, the most common are a leafy green salad or green beans. Steamed broccoli or grilled garlic parmesan zucchini often make an appearance as well. Get creative!

🥣 How to store keto Sloppy Joes

If for some reason the four servings are not consumed after one dinner, keto Sloppy Joes keep well. Or maybe you want to freeze them in individual servings for future quick meals. Can do.

The Sloppy Joes mixture will keep in an airtight container for five to six days in the refrigerator.

For the freezer, use freezer bags or freezer-approved air-tight containers. Divide the recipe into 4 equal servings, seal, and stack in the freezer. They will be good for up to about a month.

Cast-iron skillet with keto sloppy Joe mixture and a chaffle sloppy Joe

🌶 Variations

To be perfectly honest, I love this recipe and don’t often vary it. However, if you want a different flavor or spice level, it’s easy to do.

First, the spice.

I use 1/4 of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in this dish. However, I also have children who don’t like a ton of spice. Therefore, taste the mixture after it simmers a few minutes, and if it’s not spicy enough, add 1/4 of a teaspoon more or to taste.

Second option, add other seasonings.

For more of an Italian flavor, add a teaspoon of dried oregano and basil. Stir them in with the spice.

Or, if you’d like a taco-like Sloppy Joe, add 2 tablespoons of a good taco or Mexican seasoning blend.

Get creative! Or not and stick to the classic.

Either way, enjoy!

📋 Related recipes

  1. Best Keto Chicken Enchiladas
  2. Keto Gumbo New Orleans Style
  3. Bacon Smothered Keto Tilapia
  4. Keto Sausage Stuffed Peppers
  5. Keto Turkey Meatloaf

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Keto sloppy Joe made in two chaffles.

Easy Keto Sloppy Joes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Easy Keto Sloppy Joes are delicious and quick to make for a low carb weeknight meal. Spicy but with traditional flavor, they're a kid-friendly hit.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic granules (or powder or fresh minced)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (to 1/4 tsp depending on spice preference)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar


  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet on medium-high heat. As it begins to brown, add the chopped green pepper to cook. After 3-4 minutes, or once the meat is browned and peppers cooked, drain the excess fat.
  2. Sprinkle on the garlic granules, onion powder, red pepper, black pepper, and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and apple cider vinegar. Mix, then bring to a simmer and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Serve alone or on keto bread, chaffles, or even zucchini noodles.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 4gNet Carbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gProtein: 25g

*Nutrition Facts per For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

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