Ruth and I looked at several Sloppy Joe recipes and none of them had beans in them! However, I feel that Sloppy Joes should have beans (just like chili should); so our recipe does. It also stretches the meat further. Because we wanted to make a recipe that Nicole could eat, and she doesn't eat beef, we made this recipe with ground chicken, but we would ordinarily make it with ground beef.
1 lb ground meat
2 cups cooked kidney beans
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tsp chopped garlic
1 can (14 oz) tomato sauce (look for the low salt variety)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 TLB cider vinegar
2 TLB chili powder
Cook the meat and onion until the meat is no longer pink. Mix everything together with the meat. At this point you can freeze everything until you want it for supper. You can reheat or cook it all in a slow cooker. Serve on open hamburger buns. (If I'm doing gluten-free, I serve on cooked brown rice.)
I use cider vinegar instead of white vinegar because if you're doing gluten-free you don't want white vinegar.