Are you looking for a great week night dinner that you can get on the table in less than half an hour? These Turkey Sloppy Joes are for you! If are really crunched for time, you can even make them ahead of time and freeze them. On a hectic night when you are ready to serve, thaw the sloppy joes, toast your buttered buns and serve! If you have a picky eater on your hand who runs away at the sight of vegetables, you can puree the vegetables in a food processor and they won’t be visible in the final meal. Give these a try for your next weeknight meal!

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Turkey Sloppy Joes


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for sandwich buns
  • 1 cup yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1.3 pound package ground turkey
  • 2/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 sandwich buns
  • assorted condiments and toppings e.g., hot sauce, lettuce, tomato, cheeses, corn chips, fried onion strings


  1. In large nonstick sauté pan, add butter and bring heat to medium. When butter is melted, add onions, bell peppers and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  2. Add water and turkey. Break turkey up with spoon and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and add chili sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt, chili powder, hot sauce and black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 15 minutes. Raise heat to medium and cook stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until the sloppy joes reach your desired consistency.
  3. To serve sloppy joes, butter sandwich buns (toast or grill on the stove top if desired) and top with the sloppy joe mixture. Serve with condiments and toppings on side as desired.

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