Paleo AIP Sloppy Joe Recipe

Paleo AIP Sloppy Joe Recipe

Growing up, one of my favorite meals was sloppy Joe's. Whether it was on the dinner menu at home, or being served up through my completely unhealthy school lunch program, I was always in the mood for this hearty dish. Sloppy Joe's were also the first meal my college roommate cooked for me when I moved to Albuquerque when I was fresh out of high school and had never ventured out of Kansas City. So I've always been curious how to replicate this meal in an AIP format. 

Like any recipe, you can modify this to your liking. You can use any of our AIP BBQ, Ketchup, or No Tomato Pasta Sauce products in this recipe to create a hearty, comfort food style meal. If you don't like mushrooms or react to them, no worries. You can also use this recipe to enjoy with sweet potatoes (diced and cooked in avocado oil, or steamed and eaten as a side) - Japanese sweet potatoes are the current favorite - but we encourage everyone be your their own muse!

AIP Sloppy Joe Ingredients & Directions

Here are the ingredients you need to make our KC Natural style Paleo sloppy Joe's...

  1. Grass fed ground beef (add or substitute other ground meat) - 1 pound
  2. Mastodon BBQ sauce - 3/4 cup
  3. Primal Cherry BBQ sauce - 1/2 cup
  4. Diced onion - 1/4 cup
  5. Diced Squash - 1/8 cup
  6. Diced Zucchini - 1/8 cup
  7. Portobello mushrooms
  8. KC Natural Mastodon BBQ seasoning - 1 tbsp (Or to taste)


Heat a large skillet on your stovetop on medium while washing and preparing your vegetables. We recommend dicing your onion in medium sized pieces, while chopping up your squash and zucchini in smaller bits. I prefer to saute the veggies in a little avocado oil first, just to soften them up. However, you can start cooking the meat, and add them into the mix once it starts cooking and you have some grease to cook the veggies in. 

As the meat and veggies work towards the finish line, turn the heat down and sprinkle the Mastodon seasoning in. If you don't have that, go with sea salt, granulated garlic and onion, or something like that. Stir everything together and let the seasonings cook in a couple minutes.

For the finishing move, stir in the Mastodon and Primal Cherry. You can also use one or the other, if you prefer or don't have both. Again, this recipe, just like any sloppy Joe recipe, this can be made a million ways. 

As the mixture cooks for a few minutes, prepare your portobello "bun." You can either brush it with a little avocado or extra virgin olive oil, and cook on the grill or bake in the over to your liking. And if you don't eat mushrooms (we know people can be sensitive) you can have this recipe a million other ways. 

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KC Natural Paleo AIP Sloppy Joe recipe
Brendon Oneill