Lighter Sloppy Joes

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Lighter Sloppy JoesRecipe

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

We replace half the meat with nutty-hearty canned chickpeas, saving money and saturated fat. While many sloppy joe recipes are very sweet, this version has just a touch of brown sugar and is capped off with crunchy bread-and-butter pickles. Serve with apples or grapes for an easy side.

$5.72 for six servings

Serves 6 (serving size: 1 sandwich)


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1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
8 ounces 90% lean ground sirloin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (8-ounce) can unsalted tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
6 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted
1 (15.5-ounce) can unsalted chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
18 bread-and-butter pickle chips


Hands-on: 25 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes or until almost tender.

2. Add sirloin; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in chili powder, sugar, and salt; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

3. Add 1/4 cup water and tomato sauce; reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes or until thickened.

4. Place chickpeas in a bowl; partially mash with a fork or potato masher. Stir chickpeas into sirloin mixture.

5. Spoon about 1/2 cup sirloin mixture onto bottom half of each bun; top each with 3 pickle chips and top half of bun.

Created date

July 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 323
Fat 8.8 g
Satfat 2.2 g
Monofat 3.8 g
Polyfat 1.4 g
Protein 16 g
Carbohydrate 47 g
Fiber 7 g
Cholesterol 25 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 559 mg
Calcium 104 mg