Sloppy Joes- using Bison Meat :))

This is such an incredibly flavorful Sloppy Joe recipe by Cooking Light.  This would be an ideal dish to make to serve a large crowd on a nice hot summer day in replacement of the same old burgers.  I used a different type of meat than what the recipe called for, I went with Bison.  It is so low in calories about equivalent to turkey meat, so I just made this dish even healthier.  I added extra Jalapeno’s to my dish and it was fantastic!  This will be on my rotation!

sloppy joes final

sloppy joes



  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground sirloin  (I used Ground Bison Meat)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons dried currants
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 2 1/4 ounces pitted green olives, chopped (about 12)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can unsalted crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced pickled jalapeño pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 6 (1/2-inch-thick) slices
  • 6 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns with sesame seeds
  • 6 small green leaf lettuce leaves


  1. 1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add chopped onion and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Add beef to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in oregano, cumin, and cinnamon; cook 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water and the next 4 ingredients (through tomatoes). Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cilantro, vinegar, and jalapeño.
  2. 2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add onion slices to pan; grill 4 minutes on each side. Remove onion from pan. Place buns, cut sides down, on grill pan; grill 1 minute or until toasted.
  3. 3. Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each bun; top each with 1/2 cup beef mixture. Divide onion slices evenly among servings; top with top halves of buns.
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