Zesty Sloppy Joes

Zesty Sloppy Joes

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Rated: 6
  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Cook 6 hrs to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)
  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 29


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 6 - ounce can vegetable juice
  • 1/2 cup catsup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons no-calorie, heat-stable granular sugar substitute
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, canned jalapeno peppers (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Sweet pepper strips (optional)


  1. In a large skillet cook ground beef*, onion, and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. *TIP: You can substitute lean ground turkey (at least 93 percent lean, or 93/7) in place of ground beef.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine vegetable juice, catsup, water, sugar substitute, jalapeno peppers (if desired), mustard, chili powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in meat mixture.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. Spoon meat mixture onto bun halves. If desired, sprinkle with cheese and serve with sweet pepper strips. Makes 8 servings.


  • For easy cleanup: Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 8
PER SERVING: 294 cal., 11 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 54 mg chol., 500 mg sodium, 29 g carb. (2 g fiber, 10 g sugars), 20 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Lean Meat (d.e): 2; Starch (d.e): 2; Fat (d.e): 0.5