Spicy Sloppy Joes and Light Potato Salad


So you know me, always trying to “healthy up” a meal that I enjoy. A little confession, I didn’t have a sloppy joe until sometime in college. What? Crazy, right?! My mom didn’t like them, so she never made them. While I don’t love the mystery meat in a can version, I do love a good home made sloppy joe. This recipe I am about to share throws a little kick into it with some hot sauce. I make a lighter version of potato salad that is around 100 calories per serving to serve along with it! I start putting the potato salad together first because I prefer it cold. The original recipe actually calls for it to be served at room temp, but room temp potato salad does not appeal to me.


What you need Potato Salad:

4 cups of red potatoes cut up into pieces

1/2 green pepper

1/4 cup of red onion, diced

3-4 geen onions, diced

1 tbsp. light mayo

1 tsp of Dijon mustard

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp of red wine vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

What you need Spicy Sloppy Joes:

1 lb of extra lean ground beef

Whole wheat buns

1/2 green pepper, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

2 tbsp ketchup

1 tsp worchestershire sauce

1/4 tsp hot sauce

8 ounces tomato sauce

2 tsp sugar

What you do:

Cut up the potatoes, boil them in water for about 10 minutes until soft. While this is going on, cut up all your veggies for both the potatoes and the sloppy joes.

Mix the peppers, red onion, mayo, Dijon mustard, olive oil and red wine vinegar in a bowl and season with salt and pepper and set in refrigerator to keep cool.

When the potatoes are done, place them in a bowl and stick them in the freezer for a few minutes so they are no longer steaming.

Mix together the potatoes and the mixture in the bowl and place in refrigerator (or freezer) to keep cooling.

Now add the ground beef, onion and green pepper to large pan for the sloppy joes. Cook until the ground beef is browned.


Now add the tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, vinegar and sugar to the mix.


Simmer on medium-low for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.


Remove your potato salad from the refrigerator and add the green onion.

I like to serve this on wheat buns with a side of pickles too!


The potato salad is 107 calories and the sloppy joes with the bun is around 280-310 calories depending on what type of buns you use.

On the menu this week:

Lunches: Salad with lite Catalina dressing, edamame and a piece of fruit.


Mexican Skillet Casserole

Kung Pao Chicken and Stir Fry Veggies

Turkey Meatballs and Green Beans

Glossy Blonde

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  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph January 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Homemade sloppy joes are where it’s at! I love making them with turkey too. I have some turkey in the freezer, I should make them soon!

  • Reply kathy @ vodka and soda January 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    i have never had a sloppy joe. i’ve also never had a pop tart, cheez whiz, velveeta cheese things, any lunchables etc. my mom hates that stuff and never bought it for us. i’ve also never had kool aid. i saw that it now comes in some kind of plastic container thing with a straw. but what you made looks delish!!!

    Vodka and Soda

  • Reply Rachelle January 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Ok, this is a sloppy joe recipe I could totally go for! Unlike you, I had them a lot growing up (I was the kid that had to buy the school lunch – barf!) and they were horrible. My husband will be glad to know you shared this recipe with me 🙂 Pinning it for future reference!

  • Reply Stephanie@What Adventures Await? January 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks for posting the recipes, both look really tasty! I’ve made the home made sloppy joes from http://www.mybizzykitchen.com and they were really good too. 🙂 your dinners sound awesome as well, I need to meal plan for this week, I;m behind-eek!

  • Reply Because Shanna Said So January 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Yum! Talk about comfort food in this cold day in Texas….cold and icy enough for school to be canceled!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Amanda January 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I love me some tater salad! Mmmm, mmmm, MMMMM!

  • Reply jackie January 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    the potato salad looks awesome. and I also love a cold potato salad, not anything lukewarm blah.
    — jackie – jade and oak

  • Reply Helene in Between January 28, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    omg i didn’t have a sloppy joe until after college!! i just never thought about it- so i am with you on that! and this looks absolutely delicious- yum!!

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