Barbecue Bison Sloppy Joes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
For this take on a Sloppy Joe, we used lean bison, which is high in iron and zinc, then flavor it with chili and garlic, sweet peppers and, of course, ketchup! Top with cheese, pickles and sandwich your meat mix in a warm whole wheat bun for a satisfying weeknight dinner in minutes.



  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚ F. Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the bison, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper to the skillet; cook, breaking up the meat, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chile powder and garlic powder and cook, stirring to coat, about 1 minute. Add the ketchup, mustard and 1/3 cup water. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and remove from the heat.
  3. Arrange the bun bottoms on a baking sheet and top with the meat mixture; top each with a slice of cheese. Add the bun tops, cut-side up, to the baking sheet. Bake until the cheese is melted and the buns are lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Top the sloppy joes with pickled jalapeños and/or pickles and the bun tops. Serve with sweet potato chips.