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Tomato Soup Sloppy Joes

Tomato Soup Sloppy Joes

Tomato soup, pinto beans and diced veggies add a nutrition boost to a family favorite meal: Sloppy Joes.

UPDATE 3/28/16 – If you like this recipe, you have to check out my Sloppy Joe Tacos!

A healthier version of Sloppy Joes - use extra lean beef or turkey, add in some veggies and a can of pinto beans.

How could I forget about Sloppy Joes?

Sloppy Joes were definitely a staple family meal when I was a kid and I always remember they were a given during our week at the lake with all of my cousins. Each family would take a turn to cook and Sloppy Joes were my favorite dinner night.

Fast forward decades later and I can’t remember the last time I ate them, let alone MADE them. Enter Secret Recipe Club for inspiration.

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This month, I was assigned Heather from It’s Yummy To My Tummy. She came up with her blog name from the phrase her daughter would say about her cooking. And as soon as Heather’s Tomato soup version of Sloppy Joes caught my eye, I knew I was going to make it.

Tomato soup makes for quick and delicious Sloppy Joes

Trader Joe’s Low Sodium Tomato Soup is my go-to, store-bought soup, especially during these colder months when I stock it in my pantry. I also swapped in extra lean ground turkey for the beef (just a taste preference) and freshly chopped onion, red pepper and celery instead of the frozen version (just because I had them on hand – otherwise, frozen veggies are a great staple for your freezer <— Dietitian’s Endorsement.)

And the dietitian in me threw in a can of pinto beans, too (another RD tip: rinse canned beans well to get rid of up to 40% of the sodium.) I got the inspiration from fellow dietitian, Ellie Krieger, and her Sloppy Joe recipe. I mashed up half of the beans and mixed them in at the end.

Low sodium tomato soup, pinto beans and diced veggies adds a nutrition boost to a family favorite meal: Sloppy Joes.

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A healthier version of Sloppy Joes - use extra lean beef or turkey, add in some veggies and a can of pinto beans.

Tomato Soup Sloppy Joes

  • Yield: 6 servings. 1x


Tomato soup, pinto beans and diced veggies add a nutrition boost to a family favorite meal: Sloppy Joes.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper (any color)
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup low sodium tomato soup
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 6 whole wheat or whole grain hamburger buns
  • Bibb lettuce leaves


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Saute celery, onion and bell pepper for 5 minutes.
  2. Add in ground beef or turkey, garlic, salt and pepper. Break up beef/turkey with wooden spoon and stir every so often. Cook for about 10 minutes or until cooked through (until meat is no longer pink.)
  3. Add in soup, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar. Mix until everything is incorporated.
  4. In a small bowl, mash about half of the beans. Add all the beans to the beef mixture and stir well. Cook for about another 10 minutes until everything is heated through.
  5. Serve on hamburger buns and top with lettuce leaves.


Adapted from It’s Yummy to My Tummy’s Tomato Soup Sloppy Joes

I served them on whole grain buns with Bibb lettuce and the next day, took Heather’s suggestion of serving them over corn tortilla chips — nacho style (her daughter’s favorite way to eat them.)

Sooooooo good.

Serve leftover Tomato Soup Sloppy Joes over tortilla chips for the ultimate nachos.

Next time I think I’m going to do a mash up of this verision and my Loaded Veggie Nachos for the ultimate Sloppy Joe recipe.

And for super duper Sloppy Joe fans, check out Cooking Light’s Sloppy Joe recipe roundup, which includes everything from chipotle flavored to vegetarian options.

So, are you a fan of Sloppy Joes? Do you ever make them?

Eileen Smith

Sunday 8th of September 2019

I do like sloppy joes a lot so I was happy when on moving to New Jersey some friends invited us over for sloppy joes. Can you imagine my surprise when we were served a cold sandwich with turkey, ham, Swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing on rye! I've been here 15 years now but still can't get used to seeing sloppy joes on a menu only to have it be a sandwich!

Serena Ball

Saturday 14th of September 2019

Eileen - this is such a great story! I did not know this at all! The sandwich sounds yummy...but it's certainly not a Sloppy Joe - in my humble opinion! But love that a regional food stays 'strong'!

Janice Bissex

Monday 23rd of January 2017

Wow, this looks amazing! I plan to make it for lunch tomorrow! :)

Kalee @ The Crowded Table

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

Oh my goodness, the idea to serve this over nachos sounds amazing!!! I'm thinking that would make a good superbowl food! :)

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Thursday 28th of January 2016

Yes - great idea! It seriously is my new go-to meal (one night tacos the next nachos :)


Wednesday 27th of January 2016

My husband LOVES sloppy joes and anything to do with tortilla chips (the nachos would be a hit). This looks like a perfect healthier and easy version I could make for him. I also think my toddler would eat it - so double win!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Thursday 28th of January 2016

Yes - husband and toddler friendly recipe for sure! LMK if you make them :)


Friday 20th of February 2015

The sloppy joes that I grew up on were not good. This recipe looks like it could change my mind! I especially like the nacho style...add a little bit of cheese and that would be perfect.

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Friday 20th of February 2015

I hope you get to try them out and get rid of that mediocre sloppy joe memory - ha. Let me know if you do!

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