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!

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

sloppy joes recipe
Yvonne Duivenvoorden

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.

Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
15 min


  • 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