Growing up we didn’t eat what other kids at school ate. We never had hamburger helper (not that that’s a bad thing, but now my 17 year old baby sister thinks its ahmazing). We didn’t eat take out a lot…in fact it was a really rare treat to have dinner out somewhere. And we definitely didn’t have sloppy joes.

At our house, we had real dinners. Meat, vegetable, starch-y something…and more often than not, we also got something fun like cake for dessert. Sure sometimes my Mom made easy things like spaghetti or beans & rice (two things that I seriously dislike today), but more often than not we had a really good dinner on the table.

But it’s funny, while I never had them growing up…I LOVE SLOPPY JOES. Seriously. I love the name, I love to say the name, I love how they taste and I really love how easy they are to make. A tasty, ass friendly dinner on the table in under 20 minutes? You just can’t beat that my friends!

I know that it’s a “comfort food” and most people think they are crap food…but when made right, boy are they good! If you don’t believe me, please prove me wrong and give these Turkey Sloppy Joes a chance. You won’t miss the beef, they have a little bit of heat to them from the crushed red pepper and they are only 246 calories a piece! πŸ™‚


Turkey Sloppy Joes

Recipe Note: This reheats wonderfully! Pop it into a airtight container and save the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 16 oz extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 6 whole wheat buns


Preheat broiler.*

In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, red wine vinegar and tomato sauce. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add onion and cook, stirring as needed, for 5 minutes or until translucent.

Add turkey and cook until browned through, breaking it up with a spatula/spoon as it cooks. Add chili powder, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes more and then add the ketchup mixture, stirring to evenly coat turkey mixture.

Simmer for 5 minutes more, or until thickened. While sauce thickens, lightly toast buns under the oven broiler, cut side up, for 2 minutes. Divide turkey mixture evenly among hamburger buns and serve immediately!


*I have heard many times that you do not actually need to preheat your broiler. I have no idea if that’s true, but I still preheat mine anyways. πŸ™‚

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