Kidney Friendly Sloppy Joe’s

When I was in elementary school we were served “sloppy joe” sandwiches.  They were just that…sloppy.  They were also salty.   As a kid, I didn’t even pay attention to the nutrient content of foods, but now I do.  There is a food product in stores that some folks use to make sloppy joe type meals, but the mix can be high in sodium.

This recipe is a lower sodium version with more flavor and freshness for a healthier choice.  This recipe is a good source of protein to add variety to your diet.   You can even make a larger batch and freeze in individual containers to bring out on days that you do not feel like cooking.

**This is a medium to high potassium food, so if your potassium is restricted, check with your dietitian before trying this.

“Sloppy Joe with Sodium Low”

Serves 6

2 lbs ground beef (85% lean or greater)

1 large onion, chopped

1 med. green pepper, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

5 medium fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped (or 1 can no salt added petite diced tomatoes)

1/3 c. regular ketchup

1/3 c. BBQ sauce (such as Sweet Baby Ray’s)

1 Tbsp. Toasted Onion and Garlic Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic seasoning (no sodium or potassium)

1 Tbsp. Sweet & Spicy Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic seasoning (no sodium or potassium)

1 tsp.  LS taco seasoning (from a low sodium taco mix pkt)

1 c. water

Add ingredients to the pan in order listed.  Let simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring often.  Serve on a hamburger bun (like a Sloppy Joe) or by itself with other sides.

Carol Jones


Registered Dietitian

Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition

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