Sumptuous Smoky Sloppy Joes


Sumptuous Smoky Sloppy Joes, fun to say, fun to make, fun to eat.  I’m always on the hunt for new ways to use beef mince & this did not disappoint with a gorgeous smoky depth of flavour and crispy chunky homemade oven fries to accompany it for a huge satisfying but healthy meal. I served it on a brioche bun for a fab weekend meal but if you wish to lighten it further simply swap the bun for wholemeal or a slimbo or leave out the bun altogether and just serve over the chips, perhaps make a smaller portion of chips (these were 5sp) don’t be afraid to adapt things to fit whatever your day allows.  If you have smallies in the house they will absolutely love these, there’s something very special about eating something so intrinsically messy.  This serves 4 and comes in at just 13 Smartpoints per serving (3sp for sloppy joe mix on it’s own) for such a huge mega feast (You know by now I don’t believe in small portions!)

Macros for the entire meal per serving as shown: 531 Cal | 35 Protein | 73 Carbs | 10 Fat

Macros for Sloppy Joe mix per serving on it’s own: 212 Cal | 26 Protein | 11 Carbs | 6 Fat


500g Lean 5% Fat Steak Mince

1 Onion Diced

1 Red Pepper Diced

500g Passatta

1 Clove Garlic

1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tbsp Tomato Puree

1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

½ Tsp English Mustard

¼ Tsp Smoked Paprika

A Pinch Cayenne Pepper

A Pinch Ground Cloves

Salt & Black Pepper

4 Brioche Buns

900g (raw weight) Potatoes Peeled & Chopped into Chips

Salad to Serve


Spray a large pot with oil & heat over a medium heat. Brown the mince for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the diced onion & red pepper & cook, stirring often until the onion & pepper have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the crushed garlic clove & cook for about 1 minute. Add the red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce for another minute to cook out the vinegary taste of the red wine vinegar before you start adding in the paprika, cayenne pepper, cloves and mustard. Season with salt & pepper and pour in the Passatta. Add the tomato puree and reduce the heat to low, simmer for at least 40 minutes to an hour with the lid on. Stir occasionally.

Meanwhile prepare the chips and spray with oil. Cook in a preheated oven at about 200c for 30 minutes or so until brown & cooked through. Toast the buns if you wish, I didn’t bother myself. Divide the Sloppy Joe mixture evenly between the 4 buns and divide the chips equally. Garnish with salad to serve & enjoy.


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