Low Carb Keto Sloppy Joes


These Low Carb Keto Sloppy Joes are an easy, weeknight meal that even picky eaters will love! Naturally low in carbs, healthy and delicious!

Close up of Keto sloppy joes in a pan


Because what is life if you can’t get messy with dinner right?

Sloppy joes are probably one of the quintessential meals of life because meat-loving husbands love ‘em and so do picky eaters! You can even be ultra-sneaky and make vegan sloppy joes with cauliflower to get in those hidden vegetables! Healthy comfort food for the win!

Despite what you may think, sloppy joes are also pretty versatile. Want to lighten them up? Use ground chicken! Want to make paleo or whole30 sloppy joes? Stick them on a sweet potato!

If 3 ways wasn’t enough for you, you greedy sloppy joe eater, you can make low carb sloppy joes and serve them over LETTUCE!

Trust me on this. It’s like a messy salad and it’s tasty. <–And if forks aren’t your style, you can eat it like a low carb lettuce wrap and just get ALL UP IN THERE.

Lettuce Love

You can use almost any kind of lettuce to make this low carb sloppy joe recipe, but I have a few favorites:

Butter lettuce – Butter lettuce is my most favorite kind for making any kind of recipe that resembles a lettuce wrap because its shaped like the perfect little cup. Scoop in the joe mix and get SLOPPY!

Green leaf – The long, thing shape of green leaf lettuce works well too! Although, it’s a little less sturdy than better, so keep that in mind if your skipping the utensils!

Cabbage – Okay, so it’s not *traditional* lettuce, but it is super sturdy and holds all the sauce in nicely. It is tougher and crispier, so if that’s not your thang? No cabbage for you!

Ingredients to make Low Carb sloppy joes

 Should I add Cheese To These Low Carb Sloppy Joes?

I love my low carb keto sloppy joes piled with melted cheese – white cheddar is my go to. However, for Mr. FFF, we nixed the cheese and he thought they were delicious. So, really, it’s up to you if you’re feeling cheesy or not!

Low Carb Sloppy Joe Ingredients

The key flavor ingredients to make the BEST sloppy joes are:

  • Tomato sauce (not marinara sauce)
  • Tomato paste
  • A pinch of sweetener
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Chili powder
  • Prepared yellow mustard

How to make Low Carb Sloppy Joes


In a frying pan, heat up the oil over medium heat and toss in the green onions. Next, add in the ground beef and cook, breaking it up as you go, until it is no longer pink. 


Add all the remaining ingredients up to the parsley to a bowl and whisk it together. Add the sauce into the beef mixture and stir, bringing it to a boil. Reduce the heat a little bit and allow the sauce to thicken and reduce somewhat while it simmers. 


Serve the sloppy joe mixture on top of lettuce and top it with parsley and cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

How to kick this low carb keto sloppy joe Mix up a notch

Do you like a little heat in your meat? You can swap the chili powder for chipotle chili powder and throw in a good sprinkle or red pepper flakes! Just make sure you have a glass of water nearby because I’m getting warm just thinking about that!

Overhead photo of Low Carb Keto sloppy joes on a table

How to Freeze Sloppy Joes.

If you’re like me and you hate making dinner *everyone raises their hand* then you are in luck because this sloppy joe mixture freezes well for times when future you is hungry but does not want to cook!

  1. Cool the mixture completely.
  2. Package it up in an air-tight container
  3. Write “sloppy Joes” on the front so you don’t forget what it is! (guilty!)
  4. Freezer for 3-6 months!

How to Meal Prep This Recipe

You can also freeze the cooled mix in air-tight Ziploc bags in single-serve portions so you can grab and go for meal prep. Thaw it out, throw it on some lettuce and call it lunch!

You know food tastes better with your hands.

I also shared this keto sloppy joes recipe on Food Fanatic, so be sure to check it out there!

Low Carb Keto sloppy joes on a plate

Other Low Carb Dinner Recipes

Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Easy Low Carb Paleo Meatloaf

No Bean Whole30 Keto Chili



(per 1/4 of the recipe with no cheese)


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