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Gluten-Free Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are an American classic. A loose mixture of beef, tomato sauce and onions all on a soft bun makes for a delectable (and yes, somewhat messy) dish! Make it for a summer potluck and adjust the seasoning to your taste. 

This recipe was provided courtesy of our friends at the Gluten-Free Palate

A platter with two sloppy joes.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ white or yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • Tomato mixture:
    • 1 15oz can diced tomato
    • 2 Tablespoon tomato paste
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Gluten-free hamburger buns
  • Cheddar cheese, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then drizzle with the oil and add the beef. Season with salt and pepper and cook until you don’t see pink anymore.
  2. Add the onion and red bell pepper and stir to combine. Cook for an additional several minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the tomato mixture of canned tomato, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and cook for an extra minute or two until everything is well combined and cooked.
  5. Remove from the heat and serve over the gluten-free buns.
    1. If you want a studier, cripsy bun, try toasting them in a pan or in a toaster before serving with meat.

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