Diner sloppy joes

A simple, American staple the whole family can get stuck into. Add a dash of spicy chipotle or smoky barbecue sauce to bring some zing

PREP 5 mins
COOK 30 mins


  • calories 499
  • carbs 51
  • saturated fat 8
  • sugar 12
  • protein 26
  • fat 20
  • fibre 5
  • salt 1.7


1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 small red peppers or yellow peppers, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
400g minced beef
2 x 400ml cans chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp chipotle or smoky barbecue sauce
4 cheese slices
6 burger buns
crispy onions, to serve
iceberg lettuce, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan, then fry the onion, pepper and garlic for 8-10 mins until softened. Add the mince, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go, and stir until it browns all over. Tip in the tomatoes and chipotle, or barbecue sauce, and add a little seasoning. Simmer for 10-15 mins until the sauce has thickened.
  2. Put the cheese slices on top of the mince and cover with a lid for 2 mins to let it melt into the sauce. Pile into the buns with the crispy onions, and lettuce on the side for scooping up the extra sauce.