A Simple Sloppy Joe Recipe Using Ground Turkey

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A Simple Sloppy Joe Recipe Using Ground Turkey

April 04, 2016 - 12:46
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Sloppy Joe Recipe

Sloppy joes are so easy to make and they don't take much time either. My family came up with a very simple yet non-traditional sloppy joe recipe that uses ground turkey instead of ground beef. Trust me, the ground turkey will taste great. You will not be able to tell the difference. It is just as tasty as ground beef, but it is better for you. I also sometimes use the meat from this recipe in tacos, or I do a Hamburger Helper style meal with it and mix in egg noodles and green onions. This meat is really versatile!


1.25 pounds of ground turkey meat

1 can (8 oz) of tomato sauce

1 can (7 3/4 oz) of El Pato brand tomato sauce (Mexican Hot Style). This will be in the Mexican Food aisle of your grocery store. I've include a picture for your reference. This is my secret ingredient, as it adds a nice bit of spice and flavor to the meat.

Garlic powder to taste

1/4 cup chopped white onion

Cheddar Cheese (optional)

Hamburger buns


In a frying pan, brown the ground turkey meat until it is no longer pink. Drain the excess fat.

Add in the garlic powder and the chopped white onions and mix it in thoroughly. Then pour in the can of tomato sauce and El Pato.

Cover the pan and simmer the meat on medium-low heat until most of the excess sauce in the pan condenses. This usually takes about 20 minutes. I check on it frequently and stir it.

I usually serve the meat on a hamburger bun that has been toasted in the toaster, or I sometimes butter the bun and sprinkle a little garlic powder over it. Then I heat it in the oven until it browns a little. If you are avoiding bread you could serve this meat in lettuce like a lettuce wrap. I've tried that before and it is really good! Then I top it off with some shredded cheddar cheese. I usually serve it with a salad or some chips. That is my super simple sloppy joe recipe. It is a unique recipe, but it turns out great and is healthier than most. If you give it a try let us know what you think.