Low-Carb Sloppy Joes

1-minute muffin cut in half on a white plate.
Low-carb Sloppy Joe meat in a skillet being scooped with a light blue spoon.
Pouring water into low-carb Sloppy Joe meat in a skillet to make the meat saucy.
Adding seasoning and tomato paste to browned ground beef and chopped bell peppers in a skillet.
Browned ground beef and chopped green bell pepper in a skillet.
Cutting into low-carb Sloppy Joes with a black metal fork and knife.
Scooping low-carb Sloppy Joes meat out of a skillet with a light blue spoon.
Low-carb Sloppy Joes meat served over a 1-minute muffin on a white plate.
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Low-carb sloppy joes served on a white plate.
Low-carb sloppy joes served on a white plate.
Low-Carb Sloppy Joes
low-carb ground beef sloppy joes
Low-Carb Sloppy Joes

It’s time to bring back Sloppy Joes to your weekly menu with these tasty low-carb Sloppy Joes! This recipe tastes a million times better than any canned Sloppy Joe mix, while still being a quick and easy dinner to make.

Your family is going to love this meal and the variety of ways it can be served!

Easy Sloppy Joes with 1-Minute Magic Muffins

In this recipe, you will discover:

  • What are Sloppy Joes?
  • How to make Sloppy Joe meat
  • Tips on cooking with tomato paste
  • How to serve Sloppy Joes
  • Low-carb Sloppy Joes recipe
  • Magic 1-minute keto gluten-free muffins
FREE Beginner's Guide To Low-Carb And Keto mockup on yellow background

Low-Carb Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a favorite family comfort food in many houses.

If you don’t know what a Sloppy Joe is, it is ground beef cooked in a sweet and tangy tomato sauce that is then served between a hamburger bun.

The meat falls out all over the place while you are eating it (and hence the name “sloppy”), but they are oh so good.

There are several reasons Sloppy Joes aren’t usually considered a low-carb meal, but we thought it was time to bring back this family favorite and show you how you can serve this meal without the extra carbs.

Low-Carb Sloppy Joes served over 1-minute muffins on white plate

Making Low-Carb Sloppy Joe Meat

The first step to making Sloppy Joes is to brown/fry your ground beef on the stove. If you aren’t sure how to brown or fry ground beef you can find directions in our Low-Carb Ground Beef Meal Prep post.

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Once your ground beef is cooked, drain any grease. Then, mix your seasoning, tomato paste, brown sweetener, and liquids into the meat.

You’ll want to let your Sloppy Joe meat simmer on the stove for a few minutes so the flavors meld together.

Tips On Cooking With Tomato Paste

For this recipe, I used tomato paste instead of tomato sauce like most Sloppy Joes recipes. I chose tomato paste because the flavor is concentrated so you get more of the tomato taste with fewer net carbs.

However, when you are shopping for tomato paste or any canned tomato product, pay attention to the label as you pick a brand. Some tomato products have sugar added to it while others have reduced sugar.

Also, be sure to pay attention to the carbs per serving of your tomato products. The carbs per serving can vary by brand. I picked up one organic tomato paste with no sugar added that had 9g of carbs per serving! So take a quick peek at the label before placing it in your cart.

Low-Carb Sloppy Joes in a skillet with a teal spoon

Serving the Low-Carb Sloppy Joes

You have many low-carb options when it comes to serving your Sloppy Joes. I chose to serve my Sloppy Joe meat open-faced over 1-Minute Keto Muffins, topped with some shredded mozzarella cheese.

If you are not a fan of the 1-minute muffins or want to try something different, you can also serve your Sloppy Joes between a Keto Mozzarella Dough Bagel. Another great option is to serve it over or between a plain breakfast chaffle. Yum!

Of course, you can serve this alongside some veggies, or even just enjoy it by the spoonful too!

Low-Carb Sloppy Joes served over 1-minute muffins on a white plate
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Low-Carb Sloppy Joes

I hope you are excited to bring this classic family dinner back to the table! This meal is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner when you don’t feel like cooking.

In fact, you may want to make a double batch of this recipe. Your Sloppy Joe meat is excellent for meal prep and stores well in the refrigerator or freezer. You will love this meal—enjoy!

Low-Carb Sloppy Joes served over 1-minute muffins on a white plate

Magic 1-minute muffins

These are so quick and so simple, no wonder my readers call them magic muffins.

They are quick, easy, cheap, and adaptable to sweet or savoury flavours.

Try them yourselves. They are a great accompaniment to soups or casseroles instead of traditional dumplings.

Read more: 1-minute keto gluten-free muffins

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Low-carb sloppy joes served on a white plate.

Low-Carb Sloppy Joes

A tasty sloppy joe that can be served over 1-minute muffins, chaffles, or between a keto bagel.

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Cuisine: Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Wheat Free

Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free

Course: Dinner

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4 people

NET carbs: 4.9g

Author: Libby Jenkinson

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Adjustable servings >> 4 people



  • Mix all the ingredients together in a skillet on high heat except for the cheese.

  • Let the sloppy joe mix simmer for a few minutes before serving. Serve over 1-minute muffins, chaffles, or between keto bagels. Top with mozzarella cheese if desired.


You can substitute the tomato paste and water for 2/3 cup tomato sauce if needed.


Nutrition Facts

Low-Carb Sloppy Joes

Amount Per Serving (1 serve (serves 4))

Calories 323.2 Calories from Fat 165

% Daily Value*

Fat 18.3g28%

Sodium 1194.3mg52%

Potassium 661.1mg19%

Total Carbohydrates 6.2g2%

Fiber 1.3g5%

Sugar 3.3g4%

Protein 31.8g64%

Vitamin A 401.4IU8%

Vitamin C 28mg34%

Calcium 75.6mg8%

Iron 4mg22%

NET carbs 4.9g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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