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Paleo Sloppy Joe Casserole

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes small size
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 3 medium carrots diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 poblano pepper seeded & diced
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 tbsp mild chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1 tbls apple cider vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Wash and scrub sweet potatoes, and place in oven directly on rack. Place a baking sheet on rack below potatoes to catch any drips. Roast for 30-40 minutes or until fork tender.
  • While potatoes are roasting, prep veggies.
  • Add ground beef to a large skillet and cook until browned over medium heat.
  • When beef has browned, add pepper, carrots and onion to pan. Sauté until softened.
  • While veggies are cooking, whisk together tomato sauce, coconut aminos, molasses, apple cider vinegar, and mustard in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Add garlic to veggies and saute for another 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add tomato paste and all dry seasonings, stir and cook for one minute.
  • Stir in whisked wet seasonings, turn heat to low and let simmer.
  • Remove potatoes from oven. Carefully remove peels and mash potatoes in a large bowl.
  • Transfer sloppy joe mix to a 9x13 glass baking dish.
  • Dollop the potatoes on top of the beef in an even layer. Top with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Bake in 400° oven for 10-15 minutes, until potatoes have crisped around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.

Notes

If you have an oven safe skillet, you can save yourself a dish by baking it all in the skillet. 
In a time crunch? You can cook the potatoes in an instant pot. Roasting provides a more robust flavor, but this works in a pinch. Peel and chop the potatoes and place in a steamer basket. Pressure cook for 4 minutes. Quick release the pressure and remove potatoes from pot. Mash away.