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Organic Sloppy Joes

Author: Kelly the Kitchen Kop


  • 1 pound ground beef I used ground beef with heart for extra nutrition – no taste difference, honest!
  • 1 onion organic if possible, chopped small
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic optional
  • 1 organic green pepper chopped small, or use different colored peppers if you'd like (you may want to omit this if you have picky kids)
  • 1 cup organic ketchup to avoid high fructose corn syrup and chemical preservatives
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared mustard I don't always buy this one organic, the ingredient label is very very short
  • 1 Tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup organic cane sugar, or other natural sweetener
  • 1/2-2 teaspoons chili powder amount depends on your family's preference for a little spicy kick. :)
  • Optional Meg says it's good this way, but kids don't like it: 1/4 teaspoon cloves


  • Brown the meat with the onion until meat is no longer pink.  When it's almost done, throw in the optional green peppers.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir until heated through.
  • Serve with homemade hamburger buns or sprouted flour buns.  If you buy some at the store, try to find organic, or at least some without high fructose corn syrup or trans fats.
  • To make it even more yummy, spread butter on the insides of the bun and broil face up for a few minutes until golden. This gives it a delicious toasted top. Kent also likes his with pickles and cheese.  Note:  our family loves these so much that I am now cooking 3# of burger when I make it!