sloppy joe's and rice in white bowl

Sloppy Joe’s in a Bowl

This is a family favorite! For company, I stretch the meat by adding 4 cups of cooked green lentils to the meat mixture, while (just about if not entirely) doubling the sauce ingredients.
Course Main
Author Wardee Harmon



Sloppy Joe's


  • garnishes sliced olives, thinly sliced or diced onions, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, and/or homemade cultured dairy, chopped cilantro, shredded raw cheese



  1. In a 2 to 3 quart pot, soak the rice in the 2 cups of water and raw apple cider vinegar overnight.
  2. The next day, add the 2 cups stock.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until all liquid is absorbed and grains are fluffy and tender.
  5. This will be about a half hour if the grains have soaked overnight.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  8. Fluff with a fork.

Soppy Joe's

  1. While rice is cooking, put the ground beef in a 4 to 6 quart stock pot.
  2. Over medium heat, brown the beef.
  3. Add onions and garlic.
  4. Saute until soft.
  5. In a 4 cup measuring cup, whisk together: water, tomato paste, sea salt, pepper, olive oil, and honey.
  6. Add sauce mixture to meat.
  7. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.


  1. Fill bowls with rice, then meat sauce, then desired garnishes.

Recipe Notes

The picture shows a Sloppy Joe's bowl garnished with diced shredded homemade goat cheese, diced onions, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, and a drizzle of "sour cream." I make our "sour cream" by blending homemade chevre or kefir cheese with raw milk to a drizzly sour cream consistency.