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Traditional Sloppy Joe Recipe (bun optional)

Traditional Sloppy Joe Recipe (bun optional)

This traditional sloppy joe recipe using an easily made enzyme rich fermented sauce is a tasty and easy way to get probiotics into your family at the dinner table. Use with or without buns as desired.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sarah Pope



  1. Melt butter in frying pan on medium-high heat.  Add onion finely chopped and cook until it begins to caramelize (5-10 mins).

  2. Mix in crushed garlic, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly - stir intermittently for 3 minutes to ensure garlic is cooked but not burned.

  3. Add ground beef mixing in as you go to be sure it doesn’t clump in the heat. Stir continuously for 5 minutes to ensure meat mixes evenly with onion and garlic and begins to simmer uniformly across the whole pan.

  4. Add optional peas and reduce heat to medium-low for 5 minutes to finish cooking all meat.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat and let sit for a few minutes to cool slightly. Check with a digital food thermometer to ensure temperature is at or below 117 F/ 47 C before adding fermented ketchup.

  6. Stir in ketchup (and raisins if desired) and mix thoroughly. Make sure the pan is off the heat - allow to sit for 5 minutes more while still warm but not hot to mix the flavors.

  7. Serve the sloppy joes immediately over cauliflower rice, sprouted or sourdough buns or alone as desired. Refrigerate leftover sloppy joes after a complete cooldown.

  8. Refrigerate leftovers after a complete cooldown. Reheat gently not exceeding 117 F/ 47 C to preserve enzymes and probiotics in fermented ketchup.