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Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

Give your favorite childhood dish a healthy update with this savory ground turkey sloppy joe recipe!

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes
Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

One of the greatest flavors of childhood is of sloppy joes. Sweet and smoky, this messy dish likely graced the dinner table for years during your youth. Whether you grew out of sloppy joes or you're looking for a healthier take on a classic recipe, these Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes are the simple and savory solution to your meal search! This revamped childhood favorite uses lean turkey meat and ingredients you probably already have on hand, such as onions and bell peppers. With tender vegetables and a low-sugar homemade sauce, these easy turkey sloppy joes are a filling yet healthy alternative to your meaty cravings.

Makes6 sloppy joe sandwiches

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time20 min

Cooking MethodSauteeing, Skillet



Total TimeUnder 30 minutes

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe CourseMain Course


Taste and TextureSavory, Smoky, Sweet

Type of DishSandwich


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (you can substitute regular)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • buns, for serving


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and brown your ground turkey until cooked through.

  2. Add garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Saute the mixture for 1-2 minutes and add the remaining ingredients except for the bread.

  3. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Vegetables should be tender.

  4. Spoon mixture inside of your favorite bun, and dinner is served!

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My fave childhood recipe is "milk soup". Warm up some milk in a pot, make homemade spaetzle mix, drop it slowly into the milk, simmer till done, grab a soup bowl, ladle some in, sprinkle a tiny bit of sugar on top and indulge. My Dad used to make this for me quite often (oh how I miss him).

My favorite childhood recipe is Oreo pudding (must be made by my mom )

I enjoy my mother's pork schnitzel, with potatoes and tossed salad.

My favorite childhood recipe hands down is hot dogs! Grilled, boiled, with or without chili, mustard and relish...hold the ketchup, please. Any day of the week for any reason give me hot dogs and I'll be your friend forever. LOL, I've just discovered a new type of chili dog that makes me drool just thinking about it with coleslaw...and omg it's just so good if you haven't tried it you should!

chocolate gravy with homemade buttered biscuits

Toasted tuna sandwiches that were first dipped in egg/milk mixture. This was usually served with hot tomato soup. Yum!

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Sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it.


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