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.
This recipe came up as an option for me on the Cooking Light Diet plan. I was wondering how my family would react to this recipe and they loved it! My skeptical son asked what the 'chunks' of garbanzo beans were but was so busy eating his sandwich that he didn't notice that I didn't answer him. When everyone was done and I had confirmed that they all liked it and wanted it to be a 'make again' dish I let them know there were garbanzo beans in it. They didn't even care, the recipe was that good and flavorful. No more Sloppy Joe packets for us!!!!!
Very easy to prepare but I agree with the other reviewer that the chickpeas are distracting - the texture doesn't really fit. There's another CL Sloppy Joe recipe with kidney beans that is much, much better.
I wasn't sure what I expected of these sloppy joes but they turned out pretty well. I liked them much more the second day than the first. I was pleased with the bean texture but found I liked the beans mashed quite a bit.. I added a second TBSP of brown sugar and a little prepared mustard to the sauce. My two-year old and husband both enjoyed them too. I will make these again and again!
This wasn't the worst recipe I have made for sloppy joes but this wasn't the best. I don't think I would make again. The chickpeas were distracting, I think I would add black beans instead to one of my other recipes. Don't think I will make again.
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