Does anyone else laugh when they hear the term ‘sloppy joe’? Tell me you imagine a hairnet-wearing Adam Sandler as the lunch lady. Sloppy Joe’s are fun. Period. What’s MORE fun is eating them bowl style, in the form of these healthy, whole30 sloppy joe bowls.
Those fun sandwiches you grew up eating suddenly have taken an adult approach, without losing their coolness. Because I really can’t afford to lose any more cool on my coolness chart. At first it was turning 30, then having two kids, then rarely doing my hair and makeup, THEN driving a mommy mobile (it’s not a minivan…but still).
I’m not knocking minivans – I have friends that swear they are the greatest thing since electricity. But I just can’t do it. I’ll stick with my SUV, unless they make a mini van with flames down the sides and pink tinted windows. The again, that’s kind of creepy, pedophile material. See? Even when I dream about being cool it fails miserably. But when I dreamed up a bowl of sloppy joe goodness, that is whole30 compliant and hearty enough for the biggest of appetites, I said to myself, “I may not be cool, but I can cook – and that’s good enough for my husband to never leave me and for my kids to survive.” Especially when I serve these Whole30 sloppy joe bowls.
Whole30 Sloppy Joe Bowls
Yes it’s healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar free, made with all real-food ingredients, blah blah blah. But the main point is that these are bringing the fun back to eating well. Cause anything in a bowl kind of screams ‘fancy dinner rebel’.
Which reminds me – I bought new, FUN bowls. Our ‘everyday’ bowls are these square, sophisticated-looking things. Ummmm since when did I become sophisticated?! So one day I felt compelled to buy some red plastic cheapies that brought me back to eating cereal and ice cream as a kid. I should have photographed these whole30 sloppy joe bowls with those beauties. But I opted for my plain white ‘food photography prop’ dinnerware. Yes, I have a whole cabinet devoted to blog dishes.
This dinner that’s sure to please everyone (including the kids) is made with simple ingredients that pack big flavor. Ground beef, tomato sauce, green peppers, and dates combine beautifully to top warm baked potatoes, creating a new take on a classic favorite.
I know what you’re thinking – DATES?! The dates sweeten the sauce a bit, cutting the acidity of the tomatoes and mustard. A must when making Whole 30 sloppy joe bowls.
Time to whip up these whole30 sloppy joe bowls for your next family dinner. Fancy bowls optional, coolness necessary.
Looking for more whole30 dinner recipes the family will love? Try a few of these whole30 compliant dinners:
Potato and Fennel Baked Chicken Casserole
Whole30 Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
Herby 30-Minute Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Bake
A1 Inspired Slow Cooker Beef Roast
Paleo Tomato Basil Beef Goulash with Eggplant
Hearty Midwest Vegetable Stew
Clean & Delicious Green Pepper Steak
Turmeric Balsamic Beef Over Roasted Red Peppers
Parsnip Leek Butternut Squash Soup
But for now, we shall get sloppy…
Whole30 Sloppy Joe Bowls
A delicious and kid-friendly recipe on a classic – these Whole30 Sloppy Joe Bowls are the perfect healthy comfort food. Easy to make, easy to devour.
- Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
- 1 8oz can tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 medjool dates, pitted
- 2/3 cup water (reserved)
- russet potatoes (one per person)
- Brown the ground beef in a large pan over medium-high heat and add the onion. Drain any excess grease
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the green pepper, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, dried parsley, and salt. Mix well
- Meanwhile, in a separate small pot, bring 2/3 cup of water to a boil and add the dates. Boil 30-60 seconds, just long enough to soften the dates. Remove the dates from the pot (reserving the water for later)
- Place the dates into a food processor or blender, then add tomato sauce and tomato paste. Blend well then add to the ground beef
- Add 2 tablespoons of the reserved date water to the pan of beef
- Wash and dry a russet potato. Poke the potato with a fork or knife a few times, then microwave for 5-7 minutes, until potato is soft inside
- Serve sloppy joe mixture on top of baked russet potato and garnish with green onions
Kayla @ Blondes Have More Runb says
Oh how I miss sloppy joes!! I love the idea of serving it in a potato! I’m definitely trying this sometime!
I hope you do Kayla! Sloppy joes are such a fav!
Sunny D says
These sound awesome. Might be good over some cauliflower rice.
Thanks Sunny! YES I’ve totally done that with leftovers. Really good!
Love the idea of using dates to sweeten the mix a bit. Sounds delicious!!!
It’s a great way to sweeten without the brown sugar typically used!! You’re kiddos will likey too!
Allie @ Miss Allie's Kitchen says
LOVE this! Seriously going in my meal rotation – my boyfriend would love it!!!
It’s totes a ‘man meal’. I hope he loves it Allie!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
I used to LOVE sloppy joes when I was younger! Good old Manwich on a soft potato bun….my mom’s specialty 😉
YES! I grew up on that stuff too! Every mom’s specialty!
This is brilliant! I’ve been gluten free for 19 months and love when I find dishes that I don’t have to make a jillion tweaks to in order to eat – I grew up eating sloppy joes and I did’t realize I missed it until I read this post.
RIGHT?! Same – I need EASY dishes that my kids will eat too. This one will be sure to please Brandy!
Rachel Ritlop says
MMM Chrissa!! These sloppy joe bowls sound insanely delicious!
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You gotta them ’em girlfriend! Thanks 🙂
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
I have a veggie version of sloppy joes and I like the idea of making them in a baked potato will have to try that.
Oh I bet that would be really good too. Good idea Deborah!
Placing the sloppy joe mix on top of the potato is a great idea, we do this with chili and several other dishes to make the meal go further.
YES chili on potatoes is amazing too!
Dates? DATES?! Is there nothing those little cockroaches can’t do? Color me intrigued with this recipe here girl! I’ve totally done the sloppy joe stuffed potato thing before and it was amazing, but my sloppy joe was definitely never made with dates! This sounds amazing.
HA cockroaches! That is SO funny. YES girl try them with dates! Life changing 🙂
Maricela Martinez says
Where can I find these dates? Is there another name for them?
Most grocery stores have them within their product section. Medjool dates are called just that 🙂
Kristine-Bites of Flavor says
Meat and potatoes?! Sounds like a dream! Great recipe. Sounds delicious and easy to make!
Pretty much the story of my life!! I grew up on meat and potatoes so this is totally THE meal for me!
I love love love sloppy joes! I actually have some beef in the freezer right now that I think I’m going to use to make this tonight.
My garage freezer is always stashed with frozen meat – precisely for meals like this 😉
This looks amazingly delicious and I really want to make this tonight! Looks soo good!
I bet the kids would like it too Cara! Let me know if you guys try!
Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands says
Never been a huge sloppy joe fan, not even a veg version because of the soggy bun. I think would love a veg version of this in a potato as would my family! Love recreating classics, this is such a great idea!
Soggy buns are no bueno!!! Yes definitely try this with a tater!
This is on my meal planning list for this week! Yay sloppy joes. Loved them as a kid. I will sub beef broth for the water, as I have a jar of thawed broth needing use ASAP. So excited for this!! May even cheat with some cheese. Don’t tell
I’m SOOOO glad you liked them (based on your text message) 🙂 Did you try with the beef broth?
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables says
My dad would love this! My mom recent made a meal with meatless crumbles and they were good! Maybe I’ll try this with those 🙂
Oh bet these would be good with these meatless crumbles too! Great call!
What a great idea! Love your take on the sloppy joe!
Thanks so much Mel!
Maggie Unzueta says
These sloppy joe bowls looks SO yummy. Must make them for dinner soon.
GOOD CALL! I think that’s a terrific idea Maggie!
I really want to try your recipe! I’ve only ever had sloppy joe out of a can when I was living at home still lol…eww…this looks SO much better!
Oh my gosh so funny – we did canned sloppy joes too! BLEH! Yes yes Lauren, try this. I think you will likey 🙂
This looks great! I love sloppy joes. I would have never thought of putting it with a baked potato.
I mean, who doesn’t love sloppy joes, right?!
Love this post. Funny and a great recipe to liven up and make healthy sloppy joes. You go, girl!
Thanks Chrissy! The classics, reinvented are always the best!
Abbey Sharp says
Hahaha not only did I have a good laugh at this post, but dates and ground meat? Nailed it.
Looks awesome. <3
Thanks Abbey! An unlikely combo but it’s AWESOME!
Nicole Parise says
This looks so good! Definitely need to try this on a weekend 🙂
I hope you do. It’s a great weekend meal, especially during the fall!
Vanessa K @Tapestry Chronicles says
Yasss, this looks amazing! I’m a sucker for sloppy joes on a buttery kaiser roll, but this looks amazeballs. I’ll have to give this a go, especially because I have potatoes and green peppers I need to use up 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!
It’s hard NOT to love sloppy joes on a big fat ball of bread, but this is seriously just as yummy!!! Thanks for stopping by Vanessa!
Heather Denniston says
That looks so great, Chrissa. Your photographs are looking stunning. And congratulations on all your growth on Pinterest!
Heather, you’re like my little virtual cheerleader. Thanks so much friend!
Allyson Brandt says
What a clever idea. I’m actually making sloppy joes for dinner tonight (my fave recipe is from 100 Dats of Real Food)…but they’re definitely going in a potato instead of on bread.
Thanks so much Allyson! I need to check out the recipe you make – I love seeing how others create the ‘classics’
Courtney Patterson says
This looks amazing! I love a meal like this on a cold night. It just screams comfort to me. Pinning and trying for sure!
YES!!!! Cold nights need warm, hearty dinners. Thanks for the pin love Courtney!
GiGi Eats says
I’ll crack open a sweet potato and give this a GO GO GO!
Someone else said that on Facebook. I need to try that version – sounds amazeballs!
Oh my husband would love me even more if I made this for him! Pinning to make ASAP!
Love the bowls! So classy!
Yes leverage that love girlfriend! I think it’s a good idea and a good strategy 😉
Yummy!!! my mouth is watering this looks so good
Thank you Bella!
How fun is that! Love simple, yummy dishes like this!
Thanks Mikki! Yes, fun and tasty for sure!
Angela Tolsma says
Oh I haven’t had sloppy joes in forever! This sounds delicious!
Sounds like it’s time to add it to the weekly rotation 😉
Sloppy Joes totally take me back to my childhood, and these look SO GOOD. Pinning for sure 🙂
Thanks so much for the pin love Suzanne! Childhood dishes are the best – always always a winner!
We LOVE sloppy joes! Thanks so much for providing a guilt-free way to indulge in them! I am trying to get a bit healthier in my cooking so this will definitely be helpful. Pinning now!
My pleasure! I’m so glad you found this recipe Lori! Indulge away – these are so squeaky clean that guilt is non-existent!
This is making my mouth water. Looks so yummy!
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Joanie @ ZagLeft says
I would never have thought to use dates to sweeten the chili – what a great idea! Looks absolutely delicious.
YES! Such a great way to sweeten a dish without brown sugar that’s in the traditional recipe!
RIGHT?! So yummy!
Jennifer @ Fit Nana says
OMG. Topping a tater with meat is probably the best. thing. ever. YUM!
It’s quintessential the meat and potatoes kind of meal we all grew up on, right?!
Gretchen Williams says
Chrissa – this is the most amazing recipe! Thank you!!! My husband had two helpings. So delicious and easy to make. It was a nice change from grilled meats and a side of steamed vegetables.
Oh Gretchen! You made my day. I’m so glad you and the hubs loved it! Thanks for the feedback!
This looks great! Any recommendations on how to sub out dijon mustard? We’ve got some haters in this household. 🙂
Hey Holly! The dijon gives it just a slight tangy flavor, but you can totally omit if the haters gonna hate 😉 Just may yield a sweeter tasting mix!
This was delicious!!! Thank you for the recipe!
SO glad you liked it! Thanks Rachel!
The recipe says 1 can tomato sauce…..I can buy cans in many different sizes. Are you referring to the small can that is maybe 6 oz or the can that is 15 oz?
Ah super good question! Sorry, should have included that #mombrain. 1 8oz can of tomato sauce 🙂
Oh my gosh!!! That was DELICIOUS!! My whole family loved it! Which is great since I’m forcing them on this whole 30 journey with me! Ha! This will be a new regular meal at my house! Thank you for sharing!
WHOO HOO! I’m so glad! We love this meal too (also forcing my hubby to eat Whole30 hehehe). Thanks so much for the feedback Tamara!
I am BLOWN AWAY with how delicious this recipe is! I subbed red bell pepper for the green… agrees with my tummy better. I’m absolutely THRILLED that I made the decision to double the recipe! Now I have 2 sloppy joe meals in the freezer for a night when I don’t have the time to cook! My 14 year old son likes it too! Adding this to my whole30 meal rotation for sure! Thank you!
Oh Jill, this made my day! I mean, I LOVE this recipe (obvi) but hearing that others do too – including the kids just makes me want to bust out a high kick and superstar pose. Thanks so much!
Hi Chrissa! Question. I’m having a really hard time sourcing these dates, any other recommendations?? Thanks!
Hmmm good question! Can you find packaged dates in the same section as raisins and other dried fruit? That might be the best alternative to fresh medjool dates. I’ve also heard people have omitted the dates completely, which wouldn’t yield a sweeter sloppy joe but would still work! Let me know what you come up with!
I just made these!!! Yummy yummy. Its making the whole30 a whole lot easier. Thanks for sharing. ?
Thrilled that you loved this Jamee! Thanks for stopping by!
LOVE these!! We have them in our rotation! I’ve used the recipe several times. Thank you so much for the idea!! We cam across your recipe while doing Whole30 but I am also Gluten Free and pretty much a whole food junky so I can’t tell you how much we enjoy and savor it!
YAY this made my day! SUUUUUUPER happy you loved this recipe Janelle. Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know! Means a lot 🙂
I have Severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome and follow a NO fodmap diet very strictly, so my poor fiance was looking for more meals with flavor – I saw this and rejoiced hoping to appease his palate – I omitted the onions and even the dates and he STILL loved it, so THANK YOU! This was easy to make, and semi-easy on my stomach – not sure if it’s the tomato sauce or the fact I stuffed myself 😉
Oh Amber – this makes me so so so happy! Thrilled you both loved it and you found a new staple for your very strict regiment! Hugs to you girl!
I fixed this for my hubby and me. He is a tough one to go for “healthy” meals. However, he loved theses sloppy joes with baked potatoes! I sure didn’t tell him there were dates in it!! That would have been a deal breaker for him! Lol Thanks for the great recipe!!
Whoot whoot! So happy to hear that Maggie!
white potatos are technically not allowed on a strict whole 30 but I bet this would be awesome on a sweet potato or over cauliflower rice! I’m so excited to try it! Especially since this might be the one recipe I’ve found that I know I could get my husband to eat with me! Lol Thanks for creating this!
Hi Ande – thanks for reaching out. Whole30 has changed it’s rules about white potatoes, and they are allowed in the program now. But YES I’ve seen readers throw this on sweet potatoes and cauliflower rice too! I would even venture to say it would be yummy on zucchini noodles as well. Great ideas!
This is my go to recepie for Whole30. THANK YOU!!!!
SOOOOO happy to hear that!
SO SO SO awesome to hear! Thanks Lara!
Made these for me and my hubby tonight on our 6th day of Whole30/Paleo and our first Saturday night! We LOVED IT! Such a satisfying meal – the recipe is perfect! It reminded us of our childhood with the perfect sweetness from the dates. My husband said he would eat the meat mixture by the bowlful! Cheers!
Rock on! Love it and so happy it was a hit Shannon!
I made this for dinner tonight – it was sooooooo good!! My dh and I are huge fans of the Sloppy Joe and are on day 15 of Whole 30. This was the change from baked chicken that I needed. My only tweak was to add 1 Tbs of Cajun seasoning and about 1/8 C of Tessamae’s compliant ketchup. Thank you so much for sharing it. It will be on our regular rotation going forward.
Awesome! So glad you liked it Bev! Appreciate the feedback!
Robin Fischer says
This is a great substitute recipe for an old favorite! We’ve tried our share of comfort food “hacks” and this is definitely one of the best. I don’t think anyone would know. Grateful for this sub in of a family comfort!
So happy to hear that Robin! Thanks for the sweet note!
I didn’t read through all the comments so I don’t know if this has been asked, but would regular yellow mustard work in this? I’m doing whole30 and I only have the dijon mustard with wine, so that’s a no go for me. Thanks so much! I can’t wait to try this!
Hmmm I’m not sure? I don’t see why not – it may not yield the same tangy flavor profile but I bet it would still be delicious!
hi! i was wondering if instead of groud beef you could use ground turkey? i am currently on a new food guide and have to limit red meat. thanks. this is new and I am looking for ideas and reciepes.
Delicious! I made it vegan by substituting gardein crumbles for the ground beef. If anyone else does that, my suggestion is to saute the veggies a bit before adding the “meat”, as the crumbles just need to be warmed up to eat. I also followed someone else’s suggestion and used fire roasted tomatoes, instead of pureeing the dates. Granted I haven’t had it with the dates, but there was plenty of flavor without them.
Great to know! I love how you improvised here!! Thanks Erin.
I already have a jar of date paste in the fridge I whipped up. How much of it should I use to equal the 5 dates? Thanks in advance!
I have never used date paste, I have to be honest! Does it give any sort of conversions?! I would start with a tablespoon and just taste your way to see if you want more for sweetness 😉
Thank you for this recipe! It is amazing! My mom made a sweet sloppy joe, which I loved, so I a little bit had my doubts when I started this, but wow! This is absolutely a keeper. I used red and orange bell peppers because that is what I had, which may have slightly enhanced the sweetness, but I’m sure it is every bit as good with geeen bell peppers. Thanks again!
Hey Lindsey – SO glad you liked it!!!
Seriously amazing!! I was skeptical because of the dates, not sure how I feel about them yet, but this was well worth the risk!! It wasn’t as easy as popping open the can of Manwich, but it was close enough for me to make this again!! Thank you!!
Whoo hoo! So glad you liked this meal Sara!
Jasmien Plate says
I loved this idea. I didn’t know sloppy joes, but read about them in a discussion group with mostly American members. I did an adaptation of your recipe, that I would love to share on my tiny blog, but more than half of my 20 readers are Dutch speaking (my little blog is bilingual). Would you mind if I linked to you, but posted my take on your dish as well, in both languages? 😉
Sure! As long as you site the source and link back to my website, I’m cool with that Jasmien. Thanks for checking!
I have made this recipe at least 10 times, but I sub the potato for a sweet potato! It is SO good. It tastes like dessert during my Whole30 and I love it when I’m off too. It’s husband and baby approved! Thank you for such an amazing, easy recipe!
Tonight I am making it for my parents and they do not have dates, so I am going to sub honey. Wish me luck!
It’s my pleasure Faith! I bet honey will taste awesome too. Enjoy!
I’m on round 2, day 4 of Whole30 and tried this recipe for the first time – and it’s exceptional!!! I never comment on recipes but this one was too good to NOT comment on!
SO glad! And thanks for taking the time to share!!
Ashley F. says
Chrissa- these are amazing!!! I was so lazy while I was cooking them and they still turned out perfect! Since I didn’t have some of the ingredients at home, I improvised- I ended up using regular mustard, my own marinara instead of the tomato sauce and paste, and didn’t measure a dang thing. This recipe is foolproof and SO delicious. Thanks!!
WOW great subs! Thanks for posting this!
Gayle Grady says
These look amazing! I use sweet potatoes for tacos, gotta love salty and sweet! Now I am going to try this with a russet!
That’s great! Thanks Gayle!
Amanda C says
I didn’t have a compliant Dijon Mustard So, I substitued yellow mustard. I also didn’t have any dates so I added some finely chopped celery and carrots! Yum! The carrots gave it just a hint of sweetness.
Nice way to improvise!
We’ve been trying to cut down on refined sugars in our diet so I figured I had nothing to lose in trying this recipe out. If we didn’t like it, the recipe would simply be cast into the trash with the myriad of other healthy alternative recipes I’ve tried in the past. I really dislike dates. I actually loath them. So, it was with a great deal of reluctance that I tried this recipe. My entire family was surprised at how much MORE we liked this recipe than the traditional recipe I’ve used for 35 years. EVERYBODY LOVED it. It was a bit tangy. Certainly sweet enough, but not overly sweet. And I could’t taste the dates. This is now my go to sloppy joe recipe and I’m telling everybody about it! It’s fantastic!
WOW that’s such a great story and huge compliment! So glad you and your family enjoyed them Janice!
Love this recipe! I’m making it for the fourth time right now. We eat it over sweet potatoes. Thanks for sharing it.
I love it over sweet potatoes too! Thanks Ashley!
I made these and they were excellent! Definitely a Whole30 staple.
So glad you loved these!
I unfortunately dont have a food processor and dont care for dates, what might I be able to replace this ingredient with?
Thanks in advance 🙂
You could try honey! Won’t be Whole30 compliant but still very tasty!
Do you have any recommendations for a substitution for the date for those with date allergies (as well as similar pitted fruits)?
The only sub I think would work would be honey. Although it’s not Whole30 compliant, I think the taste would still be perfect! I’m not sure the ratio, I’d probably start tablespoon by tablespoon and taste as you go!
Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama says
I just found this recipe and am making it this week. I’m pretty sure it’ll be approved even by my father in law, who is visiting!
Whoo hoo! I hope it was!
BOOM! This recipe is a winner. Thank you, thank you!
You’re so welcome!
This recipe is not Whole 30 because Potatoes are NOT allowed!
Potatoes are absolutely allowed on the Whole30 program, both white potatoes and sweet potatoes.
Deanna Nolan says
Hi ! I love this meal. I make it every few weeks because its such a hit. I was wondering if you have ever made it with groumd chicken. I wanted to make this meal for a friend who is having surgery but she doesnt eat red meat. Thanks for your help!
I would probably suggest ground turkey over chicken. I feel turkey is a little more flavorful when subbing for beef.
Made these during meal prep this weekend and just ate them tonight! Best sloppy Joe’s ever! So awesome!
Thanks so much Amelia!
Kim Ryan says
I rarely make a comment on a recipe I use, but this was excellent. I didn’t have green pepper, so substituted some red pepper and jalapeno. Otherwise I followed recipe exactly. The whole family enjoyed it. My teenage boys and husband have had a lot of complaints about some of my new paleo dinners, but no comlaints about this one. I served with roasted brussel sprouts.
I’m SO glad you stopped by to tell me this Kim!
OH MY Gosh! I almost cried when my super duper picky eating toddler had two bowl fulls of this. I said out loud at the dinner table, “thank you Chrissa!”
I’m adding that my husband and I liked them too! My husband doesn’t like traditional sloppy Joe’s bc of the sweetness and likes that this is a more savory version.
So great to hear that!
Yaaaay I’m crying for you!
Made this tonight!! I only had ground turkey on hand instead of beef…and orange pepper instead of green and they turned out fabulous!!! Thank you ?
Good to know it worked out. Thanks!
Do you have the nutrition facts on these? Thanks!
I’m sorry, unfortunately I do not.
Linda Ward says
Made this recipe tonight for my family, it was delicious! This will definitely be on my dinner menu going forward! ?
So glad the family approved!
Can I use ground turkey instead?
Yes, turkey will work too!
Nikki @Seeded at the Table says
This sloppy joe recipe was delicious! I made double the batch and froze one since we are going through Whole30 and live off leftovers. 🙂 But, this was so good that I will probably use this recipe for sloppy joe’s even when we are done with Whole30 and using buns! Thanks for recipe!
So glad you enjoyed it Nikki!!
This recipe is so delicious and it freezes super well, so make a bunch to save for later. I like mine on a sweet potato. Yummmm!
Yes I love freezing batches and batches. Glad you liked it Kelby.
Chrissa this recipe was AMAZING! I made it for the first time last night and delicious doesn’t even describe it. The leftovers today were just as good too! Also, I love that I never need to worry about looking ahead at your recipes to see if I need to start making it early or do anything ahead – they’re always so quick and easy!
I’m so happy you loved it Samantha!
This is going to become a staple in my house. Even my two pickiest eaters liked it.
I’m on day 25 of Whole30 and one thing I’ve learned is when someone says “this recipe is amazing” you need to remember they are starving too. But this recipe stands as the best Whole30 recipe that I’ve tried. I make my own sloppy joes normally so my bar was already higher than what you get out of a can. I would just eat the meat plain sometimes..yeah it’s that good. Nice work on this recipe!
Wow Shawn – awesome compliment (and made my giggle too). Glad you enjoyed these!
So I’m allergic to dates! Should I just leave them out or is there something else you would suggest I use instead?
If you aren’t concerned about keeping these Whole30 complaint, try a little honey!
I added diced mushrooms and shredded carrots for some extra veggies but this was one of my fave whole30 recipes so far!
Great idea! So glad you liked it Emily!
I was really expecting not to like this. I’m almost at the end of my first Whole 30. My doctor basically prescribed me to do it to see if it would help us find some answers for the health issues I’ve been struggling with. I WISH I FOUND THIS SOONER! My entire family, 4 & 6 year old included, LOVED this so much! My husband being the biggest skeptic, but he raved about how good this was. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!
Awe thanks so much for your support Jessi!
What could substitute the dates for if you can’t get them or can’t eat them?
Honey is a good sub, but if you are trying to keep these Whole30, I’ve heard figs or even raisins work!
So good! Made a double batch just trusting it would be good and I’m glad I wasn’t wrong! I think my dates were really big though because it’s really sweet, next time I’ll adjust that.
Totally can adjust the sweetness to your liking. Glad you loved it Kayla!
Made this for dinner tonight! So so good!
Glad you liked it Jordan!
I had about a cup of shredded roasted beets that needed to be used up so I mixed those in instead of dates. It’s really good! It’s a bit of a weird hot pink but that’s OK! ?
Oh my gosh I’m loving your creativity!
This is my absolute favorite recipe of yours! I would honestly eat it every week – I don’t think I could ever get tired of it! I can’t say enough about it – if anyone hasn’t tried it yet you really should you will not be disappointed!
Thank you SO much Rachelle. Thrilled you love this recipe so much!
I made this for day ONE of our Whole 30 challenge tonight and it was SO amazingly delicious!!!
WHOO HOO! Great starter recipe Alex! Glad you liked it!
Has anyone tried it w/o the date mixture? Is it still good?
I’ve heard of people trying it without the dates and liking it! I haven’t though.
Halie Alexander says
I have never eaten a date in my life, and was sooooo scared to try this recipe! But everyone else who said it was worth it was totally right- this was one of the BEST dinners my family has ever had! Thank you so much for such a creative and delicious recipe. My husband, teenage son, and I ate the entire pan of sloppy joe meat between us. ? I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes, and using dates again!
Stephanie Johnson says
These were amazing, I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard recipe again!
My wife found this recipe a few years ago while doing a Whole30. Loved it the first time and never changed a thing. With 4 growing boys, we triple it to have left overs. It never lasts long. Thank you for helping us show our boys that “healthy eating” can also be delicious.