Whole30 Sloppy Joes!! The first time I made these, my boys were dancing in their seats while we ate our dinner, they loved it so much! I have to laugh when I remember their little bodies wriggling around in their chairs, shoveling food into their mouths faster than they could chew it. Up until now, my boys really haven’t been super picky about dinnertime, although they certainly have their moments. They do have a few recipes they really love me to make, though, and this is one of them! In case you were wondering, some of the others are my Orange Sesame Chicken, Classic Pot Roast, Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs Marinara… and pretty much anything with bacon. So with my boys in mind, I made this again last night. Cue more silly boys dancing in their seats, more giggles, and more warnings from me to stop, because choking hazard! In any case, we all made it through dinner okay, and ended the night with requests for leftovers tomorrow. That has literally never happened before, so I’m calling it a big win!
The key to these Sloppy Joe Baked Potatoes is to recreate all the delicious flavors of the classic Sloppy Joes we loved as kids without any of the junk. With real chopped bell red peppers, onions, tomatoes, and garlic, plenty of herbs and spices, and the best baked potatoes ever, these Whole30-fied Sloppy Joes are a far cry from what we had on our cafeteria trays! They’re squeaky clean and 100% delicious.
To make the perfect Sloppy Joe Baked Potato, you have to start with the perfect baked potato, of course! There are about a million different ways that people will tell you to make baked potatoes just right, some involve wrapping them in tin foil, others involve boiling/steaming and then baking them. Mine is a whole lot simpler, and it still gives you that delicious crispy skin on the outside with soft, steamy potatoes inside.
To Make the Perfect Baked Potato:
- Preheat your oven to 375.
- Wash and pat dry the potatoes, then poke each with a fork several times.
This allows the steam to escape without a potato explosion happening in your oven.
- Rub 2 tbsp. olive oil all over the skins and sprinkle them with salt.
Flakey sea salt is ideal here!
- Place the potatoes directly onto the middle rack of the oven with a cookie sheet on the rack below it to catch any salt that falls off.
- Bake for about 1 hour or until completely softened through.
A knife should be able to pierce through easily.
Sloppy Joe Baked Potatoes
Whole30, Paleo, Gluten Free
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- ½ red bell pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ red onion
- 1 tsp. Olive oil
- 6 oz. tomato paste a small can
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 dates soaked in water
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Cumin
- 1 tsp. Chili powder
- ¼ tsp. Garlic powder
- 4 large russet potatoes
- 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. Sea salt
Paleo “sour cream”:
- ¼ cup full fat coconut milk chilled (use the creamy/thick part and save the liquid for another time)
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 thinly sliced green onions
- ¼ cup shaved red cabbage
Bake the Potatoes
Preheat your oven to 375. Wash and pat dry the potatoes, and poke each with a fork several times. Rub oil on the skins and sprinkle with salt. Place directly onto the middle rack of the oven with a cookie sheet below it to catch any salt that falls off. Bake for about 1 hour or until completely softened through.
Make the “Sour Cream”
Mix together all ingredients. Cover and keep chilled until ready to serve.
Prepare the Sloppy Joes
Finely dice the onion, bell pepper, dates, and garlic. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet, then saute the vegetables until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer them to a dish and set them aside.
Using the same pan, brown the beef, breaking it apart with a spatula.
Stir in the pepper mixture, tomato paste, seasonings, and water. Bring to a simmer and cook together for about 5-8 more minutes or until thickened.
Assemble the Sloppy Joe Potatoes
Cut the baked potatoes in half, and top with generous portions of the Sloppy Joes. Serve with the sour cream, green onions, and cabbage.
Looking for more Whole30 Potato goodness? Check out the recipe for these Whole30 Big Mac Potato Skins, complete with Special Sauce!