In almost all recipes we are instructed to brown the ground beef before adding sauce ingredients, but this creates dry hard and pebbly meat that is often problematic as a bariatric texture. This recipe is different.

My new fave secret technique, inspired by a Cooks Illustrated discussion, is to create the sauce and then add the raw ground sirloin. The raw beef melts into the warm sauce and in minutes simmers to a fine, soft and tender, almost velvety texture that is perfect for bariatric eating.

This is a game changer for those who have had bariatric surgery and have texture issues!

HOWEVER, somewhere Bobby Flay is crying. Lol.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons Truvia Brown Sugar replacer, or 4 tablespoons Splenda
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup Heinz Reduced Sugar ketchup (tastes great, it's all we use in the house!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 to 1 1/4 pound ground sirloin - use lean meat so your dish will not have an oil slick


  • Heat the oil in a large deep skillet over medium high heat and sauté the onion and garlic with the salt until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the chili powder, Truvia, Worcestershire, tomato puree, ketchup,Tabasco and 1/2 cup water.
  • This next step is unconventional as we are all used to browning ground beef. Instead add the raw ground sirloin to the sauce and slowly break up the meat with a wooden spoon so it melts into your sauce while it comes to a simmer, creating a fine velvety texture. Its this wonder texture that is the key to this being a fantastic bariatric friendly meal!
  • Gently simmer, stirring occasionally until slightly thicker than ketchup, 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Spoon into lettuce cups or on hamburger buns for your family and top with Mt. Olive Sugar Free 'Bread & Butter' Pickle Chips.

I love this recipe! So will you and your family.

January 09, 2021
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