Bren Did Super Vegetable Sloppy Joes – A sure kid pleaser packed with more than a full serving of vegetables (and your family will never even know)! Must try, extra vegetables are always a bonus!

Super Sloppy Joes with Vegetables

  • Author: Bren
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


Sloppy joes are a kid pleasing dinner! This version packs in multiple servings of vegetables and your kids will never even know!



  • 2 cups grated carrots (about 3 large)
  • 2 cups white onion, finely chopped (about 1 large)
  • 4 cups peeled, grated zucchini (about 2 medium)
  • 2 cups diced sweet red pepper (about 1 large)
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 215 oz cans tomato sauce (you can substitute 1 can for 1-15 oz can petite diced tomatoes in juice)
  • 16 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/81/4 cup molasses
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard (prepared, not ground)
  • 1/21 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 20 whole wheat hamburger buns (we prefer small buns)


  1. Grate and dice all vegetable finely.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tsp of olive oil, onions, garlic and ground meat. Cook and stir until meat is nearly done. Drain and/or rinse meat and return to pan.
  3. Add vegetables and seasoned salt. Cook until all vegetables are tender and meat is done.
  4. Reduce heat to medium, stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, molasses, honey, Worcestershire sauce, 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, yellow mustard, 1/2 tsp salt, black pepper and paprika. Stir to combine and heat until bubbly. Taste sauce and add additional 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar and 1/2 tsp salt if needed.
  5. Enjoy your nutritious meal!


  • Serving Size: 1 sloppy joe
  • Calories: 241

Keywords: healthy sloppy joes, vegetable sloppy joes, hidden vegetable dinner

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