Sweet & Sloppy Joes - Consumer
  • 35 to 40 minutes
  • Makes 4 servings
  • Sandwiches, Burgers & Wraps

Sweet and Sloppy Joe

This recipe incorporates lots of veggies for a nutritious take on a kid favorite.


  • 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers (red, green, yellow or orange)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dark or golden raisins
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
Toppings (optional):
  • Chopped mango, chopped jalapeño, chopped tomato, chopped fresh cilantro, sliced green onion, shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese


  • 1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef, bell pepper and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove drippings.

  • 2. Stir in tomato sauce, water, raisins, chili powder and oregano; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 to 18 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally.

  • 3. Evenly divide beef mixture on bottom half of each bun. Garnish with toppings, as desired; close sandwiches. 

  • Test Kitchen Tips Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.