Butternut Squash Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Kalee
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 1x



  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups vegetable or tomato juice
  • 29 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and diced (about 5 cups)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and celery and cook until softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add beef and cook until it is browned. Next, add brown sugar, chicken broth, tomato juice, tomato sauce, chili powder, mustard, and butternut squash. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for 20 minutes, until butternut squash begins to soften. Add quinoa and cook for another 15-20 minutes, until quinoa is cooked, butternut squash is fork-tender, and most of the liquid has evaporated. If too much liquid has evaporated, add a little extra chicken broth as needed. Add salt and pepper to taste, and adjust sugar to your taste. Enjoy!

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