Turkey Sloppy Joes

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Turkey Sloppy Joes are such a delicious, healthy dinner. This recipe uses whole food ingredients to make this fantastic comfort food.

These Turkey Sloppy Joes are a treat for me every time they’re on the menu.

I grew up with a strong aversion to anything that had tomato in it, so it wasn’t until adulthood that I enjoyed my first sloppy joe. I do like tomatoes now, but I still can’t stand ketchup so I stop reading a recipe immediately if I see ketchup in the ingredient list.

These turkey sloppy joes, which are based on Rachel Ray’s Super Sloppy Joe Recipe, use tomato sauce and lots of seasonings to give them a great flavor. I serve them on homemade biscuits, but this also tastes great as a baked potato topping. You can substitute ground beef for the turkey if that’s what you have on hand.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

These turkey sloppy joes are an easy family dinner.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 small red or green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 tbs. maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs. soy sauce
  • 2 cups tomato sauce or diced tomatoes


  • Pour the oil into a large cast-iron skillet and add the onion. Cook for a few minutes, until translucent. Add the green pepper and cook until softened.
  • Remove the vegetables from the skillet. Cook the turkey until it's no longer pink.
  • Return the vegetables to the pan with the turkey. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine evenly.
  • Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve warm on biscuits, rolls, or baked potatoes.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 651mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1439IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 6
Calories: 163kcal
Cost: $1.42 per serving

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Turkey Sloppy Joes Price Breakdown

This recipe costs $8.50 to make with antibiotic-free turkey breast at $4.99 per pound. This comes out to $1.42 per ⅔ cup serving. Turkey Sloppy Joes are a crowd pleaser that children and adults will love.


  1. This is my families favorite sloppy joes recipe hands down. We have used both beef and turkey and it’s just as good either way. Thank you for the great recipe!!!

  2. Pinning to my Pinterest because there’s nothing here we don’t like so I’ll have to give these a try. Is your preference Maple Syrup or Honey? I’m pretty intrigued by the syrup. 🙂

    1. Syrup! It tastes the same with syrup as with brown sugar, which is the original recipe’s suggestion.

    1. I think they’d be great with any ground meat. I tried them with lentils once and I wasn’t impressed. I’ll have to work on that recipe.

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