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Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes & childhood

This recipe brings me right back to my childhood. Sloppy Joes were an easy family dinner that went with the times. My mom could literally dump the contents of a can over some ground beef and call it dinner.

We loved sloppy joes because it was hearty and heart warming. My mom loved them because they were easy and she knew we would all eat them right from the cast iron skillet my mom got from grandma.

Low Carb Sloppy Joes

The Manwich

Who remembers the old Manwich ads? I tell you…the food manufacturers really hits it out of the park with that marketing campaign. They were equally telling men that their Sloppy Joes mix was hearty, delicious and was going to make them into big strong MEN.

Unfortunately a single can of Manwich is filled with a bunch of NON- REAL-FOOD gunk. The label list is a mile long and I can’t read half the ingredients. However easy this meal was of popping off the tin lid and dumping over your cheap ground beef, it was anything but healthy.

That single can of Manwich packs a whopping 70g carbs…and that is without adding onions or pepper! That’s not manly…I’d call that artery clogging.

My Sloppy Joes recipe comes in way lower at 4g net per serving. I might add that most of the carbs from my Sloppy Joes recipe comes from the onion and the peppers. Add a chaffle bun and you’re still at a low 6g net carbs for the entire sandwich.

Sloppy Joes on Chaffles~OMG!

Sloppy Joes


Chaffles (cheese waffle) are all the rage right now. An excellent substitution for bread they are great for this recipe. There are so many variations of a chaffle and you can really add a ton of flavor to any meal.

This picture shows just my basic chaffle of 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 egg, 1 tbsp almond flour with a dash of garlic powder, but cheddar and dill pickle chaffles go GREAT with Sloppy Joes.

Chaffles can be made sweet or savory and are a real game changer for us. I’ll next be experimenting with freezing and reheating chaffles for future use. My fellow food blogger, Midget Momma, has a ton of ideas and recipes for Chaffles on her site. You can see them all HERE.

Mini Waffle Iron is so inexpensive…

I have two mini Dash waffle irons. They’re cheap and small enough where I don’t feel like I have so many gadgets. Each chaffles takes about 5 mins to cook. So I always have 2 irons going at the same time.


Sloppy Joes

Low Carb Sloppy Joes

It seems that I am always cooking for a crowd…even when I am not serving a crowd. These Low Carb Sloppy Joes are great for a family dinner or to have as left overs.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: dinner, family dinner, keto friendly meal
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, Easy Family Dinner
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 284kcal
Author: The Kellie Kitchen


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1 cup red bell pepper small chop
  • 1 cup green bell pepper small chop
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 4 tbsp Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups tomatoes crushed
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard


  • Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and add the olive oil (I prefer a cast iron skillet). When the pan is hot (just before smoke point) add in 2 lbs ground beef. Break up the ground beef with the tip of a sturdy wooden spoon and let sit to brown underside. Do not move the meat around as you want the meat to brown.
  • After about 3 minutes continue to break up the ground beef into smaller pieces and turn just ever so slightly. Cook for another few minutes and start to turn the meat a little more to brown the other areas that are still pink. Once all the meat has been browned and cooked-through remove from skillet and set aside. Reserve some of the grease in the skillet for the next step of cooking.
  • In same skillet over medium heat and with the reserved grease add in the chopped onions, peppers and garlic to cook. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions become translucent. Add back in the browned ground beef and stir to combine.
  • Next add in all the remaining ingredients…sweetener, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, red chili flakes, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, Worschester sauce and mustard.
  • Stir to fully combine and mix the beef, onion and seasonings together. Let fully heat for 2-4 minutes.
  • Serve in between 2 chaffles, over a bed of roasted cauliflower or roasted spaghetti squash.


***I just want to point out that most of your carbs in this dish are coming from the onion and peppers.  You can omit if you want to cut the carb count even more***


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 920IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
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MEDICAL AND NUTRITION DISCLAIMER…Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I am simply recounting and sharing my own experiences on this blog. Nutritional break downs are done using a commercial nutrition calculator. Nothing I express here should be taken as medical advice and you should consult with your doctorbefore starting any diet or exercise program. I provide nutritional information for my recipes simply as a courtesy to my readers, this should never be construed as medical advice.

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