Nothing says American comfort food better than a Sloppy Joe sandwich. Our Keto Low Carb Sloppy Joe recipe is a skillet dish loaded with fresh ingredients and spices, has just the right ratio of sweet to savory, and is ready to go in 30 minutes or less, and with only 4 net carbs per serving!



Ground Beef – 80/20,  ground turkey, or ground chicken all work well.

Red Pepper – A flavor booster, and gives a little crunch to the meat sauce.

Onions – We use green onions, but any variety will work fine.

Garlic – A flavor enhancer.

Brown Sugar Substitute – Swerve, truvia, etc.

Mustard – Dijon or yellow

Red Pepper Flakes – optional; adds a spicy heat.

Tomato Paste – Infuses a bright, zesty flavor into the meat sauce.

Vinegar – apple cider (our favorite), white, red wine all all a unique and tart taste while balancing flavor.

Worcestershire Sauce – Flavor enhancer.

Salt and Pepper – to taste


Brown Meat: Place a large skillet over medium-high heat, add ground meat and break it up into large chunks. Let it cook, undisturbed, for 3-4 minutes, Then break into small pieces until the meat is just browned..

Add: Diced red peppers, onions, and garlic. If you don’t have garlic and onion in the pantry, you can substitute the 1/4 cup onion for 1 teaspoon of onion powder, and the 2 cloves of fresh garlic for 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. Continue cooking until the peppers and onions begin to soften, about 4 minutes.

Add: the rest of the ingredients: chili powder, brown sugar replacement, Dijon mustard, tomato paste, vinegar (we use apple cider for a little added zing, but any vinegar will do just fine), Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste, the red pepper flakes (optional) and finally 1/2 cup of water.

Stir and Simmer: When mixture comes to a simmer, reduce heat to low and continue cooking, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until you’ve reached your preferred sauce consistency.


Spread the sloppy joe mixture into our Keto Low Carb Burger and Sandwich Buns for a combined total of 9 net carbs – 4 net carbs for the meat sauce, and 5 net carbs for our Low Carb buns. A regular white hamburger bun alone runs a good 25 net carbs. They’re simple to make, taste fantastic, and keep everything in place. If you’d rather skip the bun, tuck the meat mixture into a Mission low carb tortilla, or spoon in into a hollowed-out bell pepper or a lettuce cup.



Store meat leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for 3-4 months.


If you haven’t discovered it yet, we bought an OXO Good Grips Ground Meat Chopper with 3 silicone blades to speed up the process of breaking up ground meat. It’s my new favorite kitchen gadget! We ordered one for Amy and it arrives today. Think she’ll love it.

To reach your preferred sauce consistency – 10 minutes of final simmering gave us a not-too-dry, not-too-wet sloppy joe. Add additional water if you prefer a sloppy joe with more sauce than meat. If you like a little sweeter flavor, add an additional tablespoon of brown sugar replacement for a total of 3,  which satisfies our sweet tooth and compliments the red pepper flakes nicely.






Keto Low Carb Sloppy Joes

Loaded with fresh ingredients and spices, our made-from-scratch sloppy joes are ready in 30 minutes. Only 4 net carbs per delicious serving. Serve with our keto/low carb sandwich buns for a satisfying meal.

  • 1 lb ground beef (80% lean, or turkey)
  • ½ cup red pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced (about 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar replacement (Swerve, truvia, etc.)
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard (or yellow)
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tsp vinegar (apple cider, red wine, white, etc.)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Dice red pepper, onion, and garlic. Set aside.

  2. Place skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add ground beef, breaking apart into large pieces until beef begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Using a spatula or spoon, break into smaller pieces until just browned. Add red pepper, onion, and garlic. Continue cooking until peppers and onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add remaining ingredients: chili powder, brown sugar replacement, mustard, tomato paste, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, optional red pepper flakes, salt/pepper, and water. Bring to strong simmer, then reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings and sweetener to taste.

  4. Serve with cheese and Keto Burger and Sandwich Buns.

Each serving = rounded 1/2 cup. 4 net carbs is for meat and sauce only. 

Serve with our Keto/Low Carb Sandwich and Burger Buns for an additional 6 net carbs. 

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