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
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
How to Make It
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes or until almost tender.
Add sirloin; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in chili powder, sugar, and salt; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Add 1/4 cup water and tomato sauce; reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes or until thickened.
Place chickpeas in a bowl; partially mash with a fork or potato masher. Stir chickpeas into sirloin mixture.
Spoon about 1/2 cup sirloin mixture onto bottom half of each bun; top each with 3 pickle chips and top half of bun.