Root Beer Sloppy Joes

Root beer adds a warm caramel flavor to these family-friendly favorites. Serve with baked sweet potato wedges or chips.




  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 3/4 cup prechopped onion
  • 12 ounces 90% lean ground sirloin
  • 1/2 cup unsalted tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup bottled chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup root beer (I used A&W 10 to reduce calories even further)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes. Add beef; cook 4 minutes or until beef begins to brown, stirring to crumble. Stir in tomato sauce and next 7 ingredients (through tomato paste); bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Divide beef mixture evenly among bottom halves of buns; top with top halves of buns. Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich).

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