I’ve always been about trying to keep things as simple as possible, and that life philosophy most definitely extends into the kitchen as well. That’s not to say that keeping things simple means you’ll only ever get to enjoy basic meals. Far from it actually, especially when you’re making keto versions of your favorite foods. Take this recipe for making homemade 30-minute keto sloppy joes with cloud buns for example.
This Keto Sloppy Joe Recipe Makes the Best Easy Meal
This keto sloppy joe recipe is perfect for those times when I’m feeling really hungry and I don’t feel like spending a ton of time in the kitchen. Making both the keto cloud buns and sloppy joes themselves is ridiculously easy, so it’s a great recipe to have in your arsenal for when you have guests over as well.
You’ll start out by making the cloud buns first. After preheating your oven to 350°F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it to the side. Next, use the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment to whisk together your egg whites along with the cream of tartar and just a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form.
Grab a separate bowl and add in the egg yolks, cream cheese, salt, and baking powder. Whisk until everything is smooth and then gently fold in your egg white mixture, being sure to work in batches. Make sure that you don’t overmix!
Carefully dollop your egg mixture onto your baking sheet and then toss it in the oven on the middle rack, baking for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. While your cloud buns are baking, you can turn your attention to making the sloppy joes.
Heat up some extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat before adding in the onion, garlic, green bell pepper, and lean ground beef. Cook everything until the beef is no longer pink and the veggies turn out tender.
You can then add in the tomato paste, Dijon mustard, Stevia (or another type of low carb granulated sweetener), and beef broth. Stir everything to combine and then leave it to simmer for about 15-20 minutes. This is the secret to a rich, flavorfull sauce.
Once your sauce has thickened to your liking, go ahead and season to taste with a bit of salt and black pepper before serving your sloppy joes on your homemade cloud buns with all of your favorite toppings.
5 More Keto Sloppy Joe Recipes
The sloppy joe to me has always felt like the quintessential American meal. Nothing quite screams the good ‘ol US of A like a hot sandwich consisting of beef, onions, hot peppers, garlic, tomato sauce all served on a bun. Here are five more of my favorite deliciously sloppy keto friendly sloppy joes recipes for you guys to try out next:
- Homemade Keto Sloppy Joes (Low Carb Maven)
- The Ultimate Low Carb Keto Sloppy Joe (My Keto Kitchen)
- Easy Low Carb Sloppy Joes with Cheese Waffle Bread (My Life Cookbook)
- Low Carb Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers (Peace Love and Low Carb)
- Keto Sloppy Joe and Mash Casserole (Carb Manager)
Can Sloppy Joes Be Frozen?
If you’re planning on making and freezing a batch of sloppy joes to enjoy as leftovers, you’ll be happy to know that you can indeed freeze the sloppy joes that this recipe makes.
Before freezing them, you’ll first want to cool them off completely and then place them in airtight freezer bags. When you place them in your freezer, be sure to lay them flat and stack them on top of one another. You can expect your sloppy joes to last between 3-6 months when frozen, depending on the ingredients that you make them with.
How to Make More Sauce for Sloppy Joes Leftovers
Have some sloppy joes left over but you’re running low on the sauce? Not to worry, you can simply whip up a brand new batch of sauce in no time at all.
You can simply follow the exact same recipe instructions listed on this page to simply make more of the same sloppy joes sauce using ingredients like beef broth, tomato paste, and Dijon mustard, added to your beef.
Why Did My Sloppy Joes Turn Out Watery?
The most common reason for sloppy joes turning out to be too watery is that you’re using too much of the liquid ingredients (like beef broth) when making them. Try to take out a tablespoon or two of whatever liquid ingredients that you’re using the next time that you make them and see if your sloppy joes turn out better.
If that doesn’t fix the issue, you could try adding in a keto friendly flour like almond flour or coconut flour to try and thicken up the sauce mixture a little bit. You could also use cornstarch for the same purpose. Just remember to be mindful of your total daily carb intake if you go with cornstarch! You won’t need much, so it shouldn’t be a problem.
(You may also like: Mini Keto Chicken Pot Pies (Easy, Low Carb and Freezable))
Homemade 30-Minute Keto Sloppy Joes with Cloud Buns
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
For the Sloppy Joes:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup diced green bell pepper
- ½ small onion, chopped
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 2 tsp granulated Stevia or other low carb granulated sweetener to taste
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 cup beef broth
- salt, black pepper to taste
For the Cloud Buns:
- 3 eggs, separated
- 3 tbsp cream cheese
- 1⁄4 tsp cream of tartar
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- salt to taste
- To make the cloud buns, preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment place the egg whites, cream of tartar and pinch of salt.
- Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Place the egg yolks, cream cheese, salt and baking powder in another bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture, working in batches. Do not overmix.
- Carefully dollop the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in the middle of the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Meanwhile, make the sloppy joes.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Add the onion, bell pepper and beef and cook until the beef is no longer pink and the veggies are tender.
- Add the tomato paste, mustard, sweetener and broth and stir to combine.
- Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce is thick.
- Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Serve on cloud buns with your favorite toppings.