Buffalo Joes

A spill of meaty, saucy goodness makes these sandwiches extra satisfying, but lean red meat, navy beans and an array of vegetables means they are actually good for you!

Do you prefer ketchup to other sauces? We've got you covered with this clean, homemade version.

sloppy joes recipe

Nutritional Bonus: Thanks to the spinach in this revamped recipe, one sandwich offers more than 100% of your recommended daily value (DV) of vitamin K, a nutrient that helps your body distribute bone-building calcium and improves the time it takes for blood to clot.

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  • 4Servings


  • ½ lb lean ground bison or beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup BPA-free canned unsalted navy beans, drained and rinsed (TRY:Eden Organic Navy Beans)
  • 1 cup jarred or boxed diced tomatoes (TRY:Pomì Chopped Tomatoes)
  • 2 tsp grainy mustard
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted (TRY:Alvarado St. Bakery Sprouted Wheat Burger Buns)


  1. Heat a large sauté pan with a tight-fitting lid on medium-high. Gradually add bison a bit at a time and cook, stirring frequently and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, carrot and spinach to pan and stir until spinach wilts, about 1 minute. Stir in beans, tomatoes, mustard, vinegar and maple syrup. Cover pan, reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still moist and saucy, 8 to 10 minutes. Add green onions and stir to combine. Spoon into buns, dividing evenly.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 268
  • Carbohydrate Content: 40 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 35 mg
  • Fat Content: 4 g
  • Fiber Content: 10 g
  • Protein Content: 21 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 292 mg
  • Sugar Content: 8 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 1 g