30 min serves 4-6

Not So Sloppy Joe Sandwich

Our version of this classic favorite uses less sugar and swaps mild chili sauce for traditional ketchup. Using baking soda makes for a far less sloppy Sloppy Joe! Yes, you read that right. You can use baking soda to tenderize steak! Covering your steak with baking soda raises the pH on the meat's surface. This makes it difficult for the proteins to bond excessively, which keeps the steak tender and moist when it's cooked.

PREP: 10 min. ACTIVE: 30 min. PASSIVE: 20 min. DIFFICULTY Easy


  • 16 OZ Pre 92% ground beef
  • 1 t plus 1/4 t baking soda, divided
  • 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 2 t cooking oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced small
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 T sweet paprika
  • 1/4 crushed red pepper
  • 1 t light brown sugar
  • 1/4 C tomato paste
  • 1/3 C mild chili sauce
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • Sandwich Potato Rolls (we like Martin's)
  1. Remove ground beef from package, blot dry with paper towel and place in a bowl. Combine 1 t baking soda, the salt, and 1 T water, stir to combine. Pour the mixture over the meat and set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat, add the onion and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 t baking soda. Cook, stirring for 3 to 4 minutes then add the garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  3. Add the paprika, red pepper, brown sugar, and tomato paste and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring for another 3 to 4 minutes.

  4. Add the beef to the pan, breaking it up as it cooks, until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the chili sauce, the Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and onion powder and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and simmer until flavors meld, about 15 minutes.

  5. Serve immediately on lightly toasted buns or store in refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently over low heat.
  6. You can easily double this recipe so make a double batch and freeze for a fast anytime meal.


Not So Sloppy Joe Sandwich

Amount per 125g

  • 125g

    1 serving
  • 233kcal

  • 14.79g

  • 543mg

  • 2.4g

  • 15.6g

  • 9.1g

  • 4.7g


Nutrition is approximate, data retrieved from happyforks.com

Recipe developed by   Jennifer Borchardt