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Cajun Sloppy Joe’s

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Did you know there was a difference between Cajun and Creole food and culture?

Cajun and Creole food are both native to Louisiana and can be found in restaurants throughout New Orleans. One of the simplest differences between the two cuisine types is that Creole food typically uses tomatoes and tomato-based sauces.

The main ingredient in most Cajun dishes is ‌considered “The Holy Trinity” of Cajun cuisine. These ingredients include bell pepper, onion, and celery. They are prominent in Cajun cuisine and can be found in most dishes.

Cajun food is robust and rustic, found along the bayous of Louisiana, combining French and Southern cuisines. It was brought to Louisiana by the French, who migrated to the state from Nova Scotia 250 years ago and used foods right from the land.

We make Cajun Sloppy Joe’s at our house, and we love all the flavor this recipe has. It has two of the three ingredients that are found in most recipes, but you could always add celery. It also calls for Cajun seasoning, but you could use creole seasoning for a similar but different spice.

The great thing about cooking at home is that you can make the recipes however you want. So put on some Louisanna music and enjoy these Cajun Sloppy Joe’s.

I also made a reel of me cooking Cajun Sloppy Joe’s. You can watch it here.

If you want the recipe card, click here.


1 3/4 pound grass-fed beef

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 (6oz) can of tomato paste

1/2 cup organic chicken bone broth

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning

1 head Bibb or butter lettuce


1. Cook ground beef onion and red bell pepper in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned; drain.

2. Put the meat mixture back in the pan and stir in tomato paste, chicken broth, vinegar, and cajun seasoning.

3. Cook until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.

4. Spoon beef mixture onto lettuce leaves to serve.

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