A traditional favorite, these easy turkey sloppy Joes are made with ground turkey, and include lots of veggies to make your sandwiches a bit healthier.
Do you ever substitute ground turkey for ground beef? Don’t get me wrong, as I mentioned before, I have no beef with beef. Love a thick juicy steak! I just try to cut down on fat and calories whenever possible, and using ground turkey instead of beef is an easy way to accomplish that.
This recipe for turkey sloppy Joes definitely fits into the “go-to” category in my house. I make this recipe a lot. It’s easy, and I almost always have all the ingredients in my pantry and fridge.
On weeks when I am slacking on my meal planning (this happens often), you’ll find me picking up a package of ground turkey at the store. It usually ends up in spaghetti with meat sauce, these sloppy Joes, or tacos. If you’re looking for a really, really easy sloppy Joe, check out this recipe with only 5 ingredients.
I like to make this mix heavy on the vegetables, but if that isn’t your cup of tea, start with 1/4 cup of green peppers and 1/4 cup of onions. I put in over a cup of mixed bell peppers, and a heaping half cup of onions. Sometimes I add diced tomatoes as well.
The sauce is pretty basic, easy to make with ingredients that you have on hand. If you like a little spice, throw in some red pepper flakes or cayenne. I was tempted this time, but refrained for hubby’s sake. The sauce beats Manwich by a long shot! Much more flavorful, more economical, and lots better for you!
Turkey sloppy Joes are perfect for make ahead meals. Prepare a double or triple batch of this sloppy Joe mix and freeze it in serving size containers. It will keep for a few months. Or if you want, make a big batch in the morning and let it simmer in the slow cooker until you’re ready to serve.
Great for get-togethers or tail-gate parties! Just have lots of sliced buns and maybe some toppings for make-your-own sandwiches. Serve with a salad or chips and dip. These air fryer French fries are be a super good side, or if you prefer, air fryer tater tots.
More great hot sandwich ideas
- Turkey sliders, aka Rachel sandwiches
- Chicken Sandwich with Bacon, Leeks and Gouda
- Pizza Panini Sandwiches
- Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
- The Best Meatball Subs
- Pepperoni Pizza Sliders
- Ham and Swiss Sliders
- Turkey and Cheese Crescent Rolls
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 1 cup ketchup
- 3 teaspoons dark brown sugar (you can use light brown sugar if it is all you have)
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground turkey, onion, and bell peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Drain off any liquids that accumulate.
- Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, and salt and pepper. Mix throughly. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. I have been known to not let it simmer that long. If you’re hungry, go ahead and eat it sooner, it will still be good. This is the type of thing that only gets better the longer it hangs out in the pan.
- Increase or decrease the amount of peppers and onions according to taste.
- Substitute ground beef for the ground turkey, if preferred.
- You can easily double or triple the recipe for large crowds, or to freeze for later.
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