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Sneaky Eggplant Sloppy Joes


A hearty recipe that will have even the pickiest eaters enjoying eggplant!

The Gourmandize Team

Sneaky Eggplant Sloppy Joes. Discover our recipe.

Rate this recipe 4.3/5 (36 Votes)


  • 1 large or 2 small eggplants
  • 1 25oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 oz red wine (optional)
  • 1Tbsp italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 6 kaiser rolls or hamburger buns (buttered and toasted)
  • shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


Servings 6
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 20mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Cut eggplant into small 1/2 inch cubes (It's worth the effort! This is so the skin can be left on for nutritional value & go unnoticed- YAY!)

Step 2

Place cubed eggplant in 10 quart boiler.

Step 3

Add pasta sauce, water, red wine, onion, garlic & italian seasoning to eggplant.

Step 4

Stir, cover & simmer until eggplant is tender.

Step 5

While eggplant is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble.

Step 6

Add beef to eggplant mixture & stir.

Step 7

Simmer uncovered for 3 more minutes or until mixture reaches desired thickness, stirring occasionally.

Step 8

Add salt & pepper to taste.

Step 9

Spoon 2/3 cup sloppy joe mixture onto bottom half of each roll/bun; top with shredded cheddar cheese; cover with top half of roll/bun.


Don’t tell your picky eaters it’s eggplant, until after they have cleaned their plate!

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  • Eggplant
  • Hummus
  • Coriander
  • Salt and pepper


Slice eggplant and chop coriander

Place sliced eggplant in toaster

Thoroughly mix hummus, salt, pepper, and coriander

Spread the mixture onto the toasted eggplant slice!

Review this recipe

This recipe for sneaky eggplant sloppy joes is the only way I got my little one to start eating eggplant! I love the idea of 'hiding' vegetables, makes me happy because I'm feeding them healthy foods in the guise of indulgence, so it's win win for everyone!

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