Three Ingredient Sloppy Joes - Slender Kitchen

Three Ingredient Sloppy Joes

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Everyone who knows me knows that I am a bit of a slow-cooker fanatic. Every now and then, however, there are a few recipes that I just have to pull out my skillet for. It’s a sacrifice I am willing to make for just the right recipe.

I can’t explain it, but sometimes I just really need a Sloppy Joe. They remind me of childhood, and especially of fall and Halloween. I think my mom must have served them before we would head out trick-or-treating. Sloppy Joes kind of have a reputation for being kid food—to be enjoyed only in the confines of the school cafeteria. I am here to tell you that it is simply not true. I love a good Sloppy Joe from time to time, and our whole family devours them.

When you pull out the skillet and set out to make something like this, the last thing you want is a laundry list of ingredients. They are Sloppy Joes for crying out loud—they are supposed to be quick and easy! The temptation, then, can be to just open a can of Sloppy Joe sauce and go from there.

But don’t fall for it! These simple 3-Ingredient Sloppy Joes are almost as easy, and the amazing flavor is far better and totally worth the trouble. Using a simple combination of picante sauce and barbecue sauce (both of which I always have on hand) you can create a uniquely flavorful sauce that comes together easily and extremely quickly.

To keep these Sloppy Joes light you have several options. We actually really love to serve Sloppy Joe Salads, omitting the buns and enjoying the meat over a bed of crispy romaine. You can also serve over cauliflower rice, or as an open face sandwich, both of which will save you a few Weight Watchers points. You can also beef up the mixture by adding some sauteed mushrooms or vegetables to the meat. Have fun experimenting to find which variation your family will enjoy the most!

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Three Ingredient Sloppy Joes

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  • 1 pound 95% ground beef
  • 3/4 cup salsa (I used Pace Picante)
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
about 6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 632mg
Total Carbohydrate 14g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 10g
Protein 25g


Meet Martha Mckinnon

Martha is a lifetime WW committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life. Her blog,, is a popular resource for easy healthy recipes, success stories and weight loss tips to help you eat great and lose weight. A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you'll find her helping beginners over the age of 50 discover the powerful benefits of yoga.  Learn More
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Three Ingredient Sloppy Joes are a quick and tasty dinner that uses ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge and pantry.
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