Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes ~ A perfect fun meal to prepare for dinner after a busy day of work.

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes: A nicely textured sweet tasting, lower fat version. {Time With Thea}

When my daughters were young and I was a busy working mother I used to plan my menus for the week to help me be really organized with serving dinner after a busy work day. To help me with the meal planning I planned menus based on themes.

I find menu planning based on themes really helped narrow down the question “What should I make for dinner?” and menu planning and knowing what we were going to eat was a real timesaver. I do a thorough job explaining how to menu plan using themes here:

Menu Planning Using Themes

How To Menu Plan Using Themes

The theme for Thursday was ‘Fun Suppers’ and that usually meant foods like fajitas, barbecued burgers with oven fries or grill cheese sandwiches with raw veggies. Another favourite ‘Fun Supper’ was Sloppy Joes. Why was the theme for Thursday ‘Fun Suppers’? Thursday was the day before Friday which meant we were getting to the end of the week! I usually left the theme “I’m not cooking tonight so let’s go out for dinner or order in because I am tired” for Friday. I called this my ‘No-Cook Theme’.

Let me explain what a Sloppy Joe is just in case you are not familiar with this dish. It is usually a ground beef mixture cooked up with onion, green pepper, garlic, tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar and some seasonings. The ketchup and sugar make this mixture a bit sweet and quite tasty. It is ‘slopped’ over a toasted hamburger bun and may have to be eaten with a knife and fork because it is a bit of a messy meal. I guess that’s why we considered it a ‘Fun Supper’!

I still like to make Sloppy Joes but now prefer to make it with ground turkey. The cooked ground turkey adds a nice texture and it’s lower fat. Serve it with whole wheat hamburger buns, raw veggies and a glass of milk and you have a delicious complete super easy to fix inexpensive meal. Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes is a perfect fun meal to prepare for dinner after a busy day of work.

Here is the recipe for…

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes: A nice textured, sweet tasting,  lower fat version! {Time With Thea}

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Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes: A nicely textured, sweet tasting, lower fat version.
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Serves: 4
  • cooking spray
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • whole wheat hamburger buns
  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Place skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add ground turkey, onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook until browned, stirring to crumble turkey.
  3. Drain well.
  4. To turkey mixture add tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Cook over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Divide mixture evenly among toasted hamburger buns.

Now it’s your turn. Have you enjoyed Sloppy Joes before? If so, when was the last time? The ground beef version has been around for a long time. But this Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes version is a nice update! Enjoy!



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  1. says

    I honestly can’t remember the last time I !made sloppy joes….probably when my kids were little. A long time ago!!!
    I always switch up to ground turkey for my chili, so this makes sense. Yum!

  2. says

    Love the idea of ground turkey in sloppy joe’s – I usually make them with beef! Thanks for posting the recipe, Thea – it looks delicious!