Sloppy Joes

I am truly thankful that someone recognized the benefits of ground turkey (versus beef) and made it plentiful and available in grocery stores and markets everywhere. What would we do without this versatile staple on our menu every week? This recipe is a huge hit in my house and I love that it’s ready in about 30 minutes. That’s about how long I have to feed my teenage son after he gets home from after school sports, but before he starts eating everything in sight! Add some chopped pepper and 2 stalks celery if that suits your family. Otherwise, I serve this hearty sandwich with chips and a fruit salad or some raw veggies.


1  small onion, diced

(2 stalks celery and/or green pepper, diced, if desired)

1  pound ground turkey

1  6-ounce can tomato paste

1/2  cup ketchup

1  teaspoon ground mustard

3  tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

salt and pepper

hamburger buns


Cook the onion (celery and pepper also, if desired) and ground turkey in a large sauté pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until the turkey is thoroughly cooked. Drain any fat.

Add the tomato paste, ketchup, ground mustard, and brown sugar to the pan and stir to combine. Cook for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately on hamburger buns.


Adapted from Teens Cook, Megan and Jill Carle, 2004

One thought on “Sloppy Joes

  1. I made the sloppy joes for dinner tonight & my whole family loved it! Thanks, Dawn! This is a keeper!

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