Turkey Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes – YUM! This just takes me right back to my childhood…

Sloppy Joes were an every-other-week meal in my house and I just loved them! The slight sweetness of the meat with melty cheese on top, all piled onto a bun… Trying to eat these as a kid was a delicious disaster.

I haven’t had a sloppy joe in years and just thought of them the other day. With some searching around, I came across a recipe I just had to try.

These turkey sloppy joes are so easy to make and definitely a crowd pleaser – and of course they are… Wait for it… HEALTHY!! I know – crazy, right?

Since they are made with lean ground turkey they have a lower fat content while being packed with protein. Now, usually I wouldn’t have a bun. I would eat it right out of the bowl to save on some calories, but since I haven’t had one is so long…

I went for the bun! No regrets here 🙂

But to keep this meal healthy, I would have the meat with the cheese melted right on top, and then make a side of sweet potato fries or potato wedges.

Sloppy Joe Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 cup yellow onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. mustard
1/4 cup ketchup
1- 8 oz can tomato sauce
2 tbsp. barbecue sauce
2 packets of stevia
salt and pepper
cooking spray
cheese slices (optional)
buns (optional)


  1. Using a non-stick skillet (sprayed with cooking spray), saute onion and green pepper for about 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add ground turkey to the pan, as it starts to brown break up with spatula into small pieces.
  3. Once turkey is fully cooked and broken up, add garlic, mustard, ketchup, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce and stevia.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and stir until fully combined.
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20-25 minutes, until sauce has thickened and all ingredients are incorporated.
  6. Season with more salt and pepper to taste if necessary.
  7. Serve as is or on a toasted bun with a slice of cheese.

Nutritional Information:

This nutritional information is for the meat only – if you have it on a bun and/or with cheese (as pictured), then you’ll need to account for that as well.

Servings: 7
Serving size: 1/2 cup of sloppy joe

Calories: 140
Fat: 5 g
Carbohydrates: 8 g
Sodium: 210 mg
Sugar: 6 g
Fiber: 4 g
Protein: 15 g


EMILY NESS is a full-time food and lifestyle author who’s passionate about developing simple yet mouth-watering recipes that anyone can make. Since founding her website CookingUpHappiness.com in 2013, she’s went on to share her passion for cooking healthy and tasty recipes with the thousands of people around the world.
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