Sloppy Janes Recipe

The new year usually consists of new health goals and diets; or even just resolutions of cooking at home more. Whole30-, paleo- and keto-approved, this twist on a classic from The Defined Dish is a simple, family-friendly recipe to start your year off right.


Serves: 4
Total cook time: 45 minutes


4 medium-sized sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 cup green bell pepper, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 cup coconut aminos


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Scrub and pat dry the sweet potatoes. Pierce each sweet potato several times with a fork. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil and bake until tender (about 45 minutes).
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell pepper and garlic and sauté until slightly tender, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up the meat with the back of a spoon until the meat is browned and cooked through (no longer pink), about 7 minutes more. Season with the salt and pepper while browning.
  5. Add the tomato paste, mustard, chili powder and red pepper flakes to the skillet and cook, stirring, until well combined.
  6. Pour in the coconut aminos and cook, stirring, until it has reduced.
  7. Remove from heat, cover and keep warm until the potatoes are finished cooking.
  8. When potatoes are done, remove from oven and make a slit in the top of each sweet potato. Stuff with sloppy joe mixture, serve and enjoy!


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