Low Carb Sloppy Joes

March 27, 2021Laura

Recipe originally posted on August 7, 2018. Photos updated on March 27, 2021. Recipe is unchanged.

I published this sloppy joe recipe back in 2018. It’s been a favorite in my household ever since and is one of my most popular blog recipes! I loved Manwich prior to starting keto. Since the ingredients aren’t clean in any of the canned sloppy joe sauces, I decided to make my own version. I kept the ingredients simple when testing out the sauce. You will need: tomato sauce, sugar free ketchup, soy sauce, mustard and a few seasonings. This recipe is simple to make and tastes way better than the canned stuff!

I like using chaffles as the bun for the sloppy joes. I use 1/2 cup shredded cheese (mild cheddar or mozzarella), 1 large egg and 1.5 Tbsp almond flour to make mine. I use the Dash mini waffle maker (linked in my Amazon favorites below) to cook them and it makes 2 chaffles. There are tons of recipe variations available online.

I occasionally serve them on a low carb flatbread, such as Cutdacarb. I just add the sloppy joe mixture and shredded mozzarella into the flatbread, fold it in half, then pan fry until crispy. I never miss the bun! Lettuce wraps are a great option as well! I usually eat them alone, but sometimes pair them with a low carb vegetable. I hope you enjoy!

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Low Carb Sloppy Joes

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 5
  • Calories 218.2


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar free ketchup
  • 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp each of salt & pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper


  • 1)

    Add ground beef to a large skillet and break apart with spatula. Once meat is broken apart and begins to brown, add bell pepper and garlic to skillet. Cook until peppers are tender and beef is no longer pink and cooked through. Drain any excess grease.

  • 2)

    In a medium bowl, mix together tomato sauce, sugar free ketchup, soy sauce, mustard and seasonings. Stir well.

  • 3)

    Pour sauce over ground beef and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Serve on your favorite low carb buns, lettuce wraps or on low carb tortillas.


*Nutrition listed is for sloppy joe mixture only & does not include the low carb flatbread or chaffle.


Nutrition (Per Serving)

Net Carbs4g
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