Keto Bombay Sloppy Joe on Low-Carb Buns
Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free (Joe), Low-Carb, Keto
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Serves: 6
Grain-free, paleo, low-carb, keto burger buns smothered in a naturally sweet and salty Indian-inspired sloppy joe mix. Made with your choice of turkey, beef or pork. Recipe adapted from Aarti Sequeira.
Add-ins One
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ⅓ cup finely diced white onion
  • 1 pound ground turkey, beef or pork
  • Whole chilli, crushed
Add-ins Two
  1. Get started on the Keto Buns first. Once they’re halfway done, start with your sloppy joe. Once the buns have cooled, slice them and set aside.
  2. Add avocado oil and pistachios to a frying pan and toast on low-medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil to a medium-sized saucepan and heat on medium heat. Add minced ginger and garlic. Cook for 1 minute until brown, then add tomato sauce, water, chilli, garam masala or curry powder (depending on the type of meat you’re using), salt and paprika. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer while you continue with the following steps.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons avocado oil to a frying pan and heat on low-medium heat. Add cumin seeds, toast for 1 minute. Add onion and stir. Saute for 5 minutes. Add ground beef and crushed chilli. Cook until meat is no longer pink.
  5. Transfer cooked meat to tomato sauce. Cover and bring to a boil, on medium. Tilt the lid off just a bit, to let the steam escape. Simmer on low-medium for about 15 minutes, until the mixture thickens up.
  6. Once complete, stir in coconut milk, apple cider vinegar and toasted pistachios. Plop a hefty serving onto the prepared, sliced buns and top with fresh cilantro.
  7. Sloppy Joe mixture can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days, or in the freezer in an airtight container for 2 months.
Keto Buns: if you’re not using keto buns, you could also try my Flaxseed Focaccia as a base. Or, use romaine lettuce cups.

Avocado Oil: if you’re using ground turkey, duck fat goes very well with this recipe. Coconut oil or red palm oil would work well, too.

Whole Chillis: if you don’t like it hot, go easy on the chilis! You could also use crushed red pepper if that’s what you have on hand.

Instant Pot: Make this in your pressure cooker by using the saute feature to prep all of the ingredients, then add all sauce ingredients to the pot with sauteed ingredients. Turn on high pressure for 10 minutes. Done. If you choose to grab an Instant Pot, you can use the coupon code HEALTHFUL at checkout for $10 off.
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