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Healthy Slow-Cooker Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes

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Healthy Slow-Cooker Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 55 min
  • Servings 8
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Dinner ready and waiting? Give these delicious healthy sloppy joes with a Tex-Mex twist a try.

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 1 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.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 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.
  • 4 Divide beef mixture among buns (about 1/2 cup each). Serve immediately.
Tips  

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.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
250
(
Calories from Fat
40
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
4 1/2g
7%
(
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
8%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
30mg
10%
Sodium
530mg
22%
Potassium
380mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
33g
11%
(
Dietary Fiber
6g
25%
,
Sugars
8g
)
Protein
20g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
35%
35%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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