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Kid Friendly Sloppy Joes

Even the pickiest eaters will love this recipe (all while sneaking in some fruits and veggies!) These kid friendly sloppy joes are the perfect dinner! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free, easy freezer meals, Kid-Friendly, Quick, Thrifty
Servings: 8
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Karrie


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 14 oz can pears, with juice
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Hamburger buns


  • Quarter onion and remove seeds and stem from bell pepper. Add to blender and puree until smooth.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef and onion-pepper puree, breaking up with a spoon, for 4 to 5 minutes, until beef is no longer pink.
  • Rinse out blender. Add can of pears with juice, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and garlic powder to clean blender. Puree until smooth.
  • Add pear-ketchup puree to skillet, bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes, until heated through.
  • Serve on hamburger buns.
  • Hot Tip: Toast the hamburger buns to take these to the next level!


  • Let meat mixture cool completely. Transfer meat mixture into a labeled gallon-size (4 L) freezer bag. Seal, removing as much air as possible, and freeze.
  • Reminder: Make sure you put a date on the bag!


  • Place meat mixture in refrigerator for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours to thaw, or run lukewarm water over bag until you can break apart. Pour bag contents into a large skillet and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Immediately reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until completely heated through.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 21.7mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.4mg