Give these delicious healthy sloppy joes with a Tex-Mex twist a try. This recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd. The 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker is still large enough. Add an extra 30 minutes to 1 hour to the slow cooker cook time.
Healthy Slow-Cooker Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes
2 hours 5 minutes
Dinner ready and waiting? Give these delicious healthy sloppy joes with a Tex-Mex twist a try.
1 can (16 oz) spicy chili beans in sauce, undrained
1 lb extra-lean (at least 95%) ground beef
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
1 jalapeño chile, seeded, diced
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
8 whole wheat burger buns
Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; set aside. Pour chili beans into medium bowl. With potato masher or fork, mash about half of the beans; set aside.
In 12-inch skillet, cook beef, green and red bell peppers, onion and jalapeño chile over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.
Pour beef mixture into slow cooker. Add beans, ketchup, chili powder and pepper. Stir to thoroughly combine. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until heated through (165°F). Stir in lime juice.
Divide beef mixture among buns (about 1/2 cup each). Serve immediately.
Canned chili beans, which are cooked pinto beans in a spice-rich sauce, are a high-fiber convenience food and boost the flavor of these sloppy joes. Choose from mild, medium and hot varieties.
This recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd. The 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker is still large enough. Add an extra 30 minutes to 1 hour to the slow cooker cook time.
Calories 250, Fat 4.5 grams, Saturated Fat 1.5 grams, Trans Fat 0 grams, Cholesterol 30 milligrams, Sodium 530 milligrams, Carbs 33 grams, Fiber 6 grams, Sugar 8 grams, Protein 8 grams