Easy dinner recipes: Turkey sloppy joes

Sloppy joes
For a lighter version of the childhood favorite, try this recipe for sloppy joes with ground turkey.

Remember eating sloppy joes as a kid? In addition to being easy to make, a single batch comes together in less than an hour.

Here’s a recipe for a lighter version of the classic using ground turkey instead of ground beef. The turkey simmers in a mixture of Worcestershire sauce, chile sauce and brown sugar and is then piled high on soft hamburger buns. 

Who says sloppy joes are just for kids? 

Slim sloppy joes


Time: 50 minutes | Serves: 12

2 onions, chopped

1 tablespoon butter

Nonstick cooking spray


2 1/2 pounds ground turkey

2 cups minced celery

1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 (12-ounce) bottle chili sauce

2 tablespoons cider vinegar


12 hamburger buns, toasted

Cook the onions in the butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan; set aside.

Spray the saucepan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the turkey and cook, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is no longer red, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the celery, bell pepper, brown sugar, salt, Worcestershire sauce, chili sauce and vinegar. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Dollop the mixture onto the hamburger buns and serve.

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