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  • Writer's pictureArthur Adam Housley

Healthy Bison Sloppy Joe's

This quickly became a favorite for Tamera. Sloppy Joe's are usually considered comfort food and not healthy in any way, but I did my best to change that. Bison according to the USDA, has significantly less fat, calories, less cholesterol and contains higher amounts of protein, iron and vitamin B-12 than beef, pork, chicken and salmon. Part of the reason for bison's high nutritional value is because of how they are raised. How does it taste? If I didn't tell you, you'd think it was just normal beef with a ton of flavor!


  • 1 lb of ground bison

  • 1 small white onion, diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, finely diced

  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Salt and pepper and I used Kinders Brown Sugar Rub to taste

  • 1 can of tomato sauce

  • ¼ cup regular or spicy low sugar BBQ sauce (I used Kinders Organic)

  • 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard

  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

  • For serving:

  • 4 regular or sprouted/whole grain or gluten free hamburger buns

  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

  • Optional: Serve the Sloppy Joe in a Bell Pepper Halve

  • Optional: Pickle slices

  • Optional: Jalapeno slices


  1. Add oil to a medium skillet and place over medium high heat. Once hot, add the chopped onion, bell pepper and garlic...then saute for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.

  2. Next add the ground Bison and season and break it up as it cooks. Takes about 4 minutes or so to brown.

  3. Once the Bison is cooked, add in the tomato sauce, bbq sauce, worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar....and if you want it sauce.

  4. Stir well to combine and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes longer. If sauce looks too thick, add in a tablespoon of water.

  5. Serve on hamburger buns with pepper jack cheese, or cheddar...and any options you like!

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