Sloppy Joes (Gluten Free Freezer Meals Series)

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There’s no reason that Sloppy Joes can’t be enjoyed by people who eat gluten free if served on gluten free buns. Of course for those of you not on gluten free diets, you can make this the same way and use regular buns.

Sloppy Joes (Gluten Free Freezer Meal Series at The Chaos and The Clutter)

There’s something very cozy about Sloppy Joes, especially when served in the winter. It’s a meal that brings me back to my childhood and I assume will someday be one that brings my kids back to theirs!

1 1/2  pounds lean ground beef
1 cup onion, chopped finely
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup green pepper, chopped finely
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. dry mustard powder
1/2 cup chili sauce
14 oz. can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. ketchup
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. lemon juice

Brown ground beef. Mix ground beef and all other ingredients in a bowl and put into a large resealable freezer bag. Remove excess air and seal. Lay flat and freeze.

On cooking day, thaw the bag and cook in a crock pot for 2-3 hours on low or cook on the stovetop until heated through. Serve on gluten free buns. Our family’s preference for these is Udi’s whole grain gluten free hamburger buns. They are a great size and consistency for Sloppy Joes.

This recipe is part of my 10 Days of Gluten Free Freezer Meals series in the iHomeschool Network Autumn Hopscotch. You may also be interested in following my Gluten Free Recipes or Freezer Meals Pinterest Boards.



  1. Hi SHarla
    I was wondering where do you buy you worshwire sauce that’s gluten free? Thanks Nicole 🙂

  2. Is there something I can use in place of the chile sauce? It is not something I would use often and would probably go to waste…

    • I googled it and apparently seafood cocktail sauce or ketchup mixed with a bit of pickle relish will work as substitutes for chili sauce. Let me know how it turns out!

  3. I’m a literal cook, no instincts whatsoever so this may be a silly question but…

    When you brown the meat, do you use the onion and spices or brown it plain and just add those things in the bag before you freeze?


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