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Sweet and Sloppy Joes

Sweet and Sloppy Joes #festfoods

There is nothing I love more than taking a traditional recipe and giving it a little makeover to enhance the flavor and keep my family excited about mealtime!  Today I am making Sloppy Joes, but am adding a sweet and smoky twist.  And this recipe still embraces the best part of a Sloppy Joe – the sloppy part!

You may be wondering why I would add Sun-Maid® Raisins to sloppy joes, but the added punch of sweetness does wonders for this dish!  And pairing that sweetness with smokey ancho chili powder {which you can use to amp up chili, Mexican dishes or burgers} is sure to bring a party to your palate! Sweet and Sloppy Joes

Start by sautéing the veggies in a hot skillet with the canola oil.  When the veggies soften and become translucent, add the ground beef/turkey blend {or ground chicken} and cook until it is mostly browned, about 6-7 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce, water, raisins, chili powder and oregano and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and allow to cook for about 15 minutes.  The mixture should become thick, like a traditional sloppy joe.  You are now ready to assemble your Joe! Sweet and Sloppy Joes


Sweet and Sloppy Joes  

Sweet and Sloppy Joes

Recipe adapted by Beef. It's What's For Dinner.  


  • 2 tsp. canola oil 1 cup diced bell peppers (red, green, yellow or orange)
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 lb. ground beef/turkey blend or ground chicken
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup Sun-Maid Raisins
  • 2 tsp. ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 4 whole grain hamburger buns, split (or gluten free bun to make gluten free)  



  1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add bell pepper and onion and cook 3-4 minutes.  Add ground meat to pan with onions and peppers and cook for 6-7 more minutes, until cooked, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, water, raisins, ancho chili powder, oregano and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 to 18 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally.
  3. Evenly divide Sloppy Joe mixture on buns.  Serve!


Yield: 4 servings
Per Serving*: Calories 440, Total Fat 9g(Saturated 1.5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 75mg, Sodium 655mg, Total Carbohydrate 60g (Dietary Fiber 6g, Sugars 30g), Protein 30g, Vitamin A 30%, Vitamin C 90%, Calcium 15%, Iron 35% *
Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding. 

Sweet and Sloppy Joes

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