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Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes

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This recipe has everything you want from a Sloppy Joe; the only difference is that it much healthier than the original. It is every bit as sloppy and every bit as Joey, meaning that your taste buds need to get ready for an extremely flavorful sandwich.

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 30m


  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c black olives, finely chopped
  • 1 (15 oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 1/4 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 c cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 6 whole wheat burger buns


  1. Warm the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, green bell pepper, and garlic and sauté until the veggies are tender (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add remaining ingredients (except buns, obviously), to the pan and allow the mixture to simmer until most of the juices are cooked out. When the texture of your sloppy Joes resembles a very thick chili, you know that they are ready to eat. This takes about 15 minutes.
  3. Toast your burger buns, if desired, and spoon about one cup of the sloppy Joe mixture between each set of buns. Finish with optional lettuce leaves and chopped red onion for serving. Enjoy!