Kids can be messy eaters, but here’s one recipe that’s meant to be sloppy! The veggies and homemade sauce cut down on the sodium level while pumping up nutrition in this classic sloppy joes recipe.

These sloppy Joes are even better than the canned version. We use ground turkey to help cut down on saturated fat, add in veggies like peppers and onions, and finish it off with a homemade sauce full of things you probably already have on hand.

Everything cooks together in one skillet for a quick and easy meal that the whole family will love. Plus, leftovers can be frozen to use later for a quick meal on a busy weeknight.

Skillet full of sloppy joes filling with wooden spoon and towel in background.

We really love this recipe with a fun broccoli slaw as a side dish. We use bagged broccoli slaw and add in sweet apples, tart dried cranberries and crunchy walnuts.. Then mix it all up with a poppy seed dressing. Easy peasy!

Homemade Turkey Sloppy Joes

Amber Gray
Kids can be messy eaters, but here’s one recipe that’s meant to be sloppy! The veggies and homemade sauce cut down on the sodium level while pumping up nutrition in this classic sloppy joes recipe.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Entree & Main Dishes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 369 kcal

Ingredients
  

Homemade Turkey Sloppy Joes

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded, diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced
  • 12 oz. no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns

Broccoli Apple Slaw

  • 1 12 oz. package broccoli slaw
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple julienned
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Poppyseed dressing

Instructions
 

  • Zesty Turkey Sloppy Joes
  • Heat oil in nonstick large skillet over medium heat. Add turkey, bell pepper and onion, and cook 5-7 minutes, or until meat is cooked through. Add tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir and heat thoroughly.
  • Top buns with sloppy joe mixture.
  • Broccoli Apple Slaw
  • Mix broccoli slaw, apple, cranberries, walnuts and dressing in large bowl. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 369kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 22gFat: 11gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 554mgFiber: 5gSugar: 22g
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