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Turkey Sloppy Joes


Roll up your sleeves for this neat, nourishing rendition of a meat-and-tomatoes favorite. Use ground turkey as a smart stand-in for ground chuck in a range of recipes -- it provides plenty of meaty flavor, with less saturated fat.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: John Kernick

Source: Everyday Food, September 2007


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 carrots, coarsely grated (2 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey (93% lean, dark meat)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger rolls, split


  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium; add carrots, onion, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.

  2. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add turkey; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. Add tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 12 to 14 minutes. Serve on whole-wheat rolls.

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  • Gnuschi
    14 AUG, 2015
    Great recipe! It tasted tons better than any of the cans you find on the grocery shelves.
  • MS11730473
    2 OCT, 2014
    I'm sorry to say this, but I made the recipe as listed, and it smelled and tasted terrible. The turkey was just purchase a few hours ago, and didn't smell bad out of the package. There just isn't any flavour - and it kinda smelled like a wet dog. Hubby said to toss it. I've made other recipes from this site, and they've been great. Not this one, though.
  • Cindylb
    12 JUN, 2014
    Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 333 Calories; 13g Fat (33.2% calories from fat); 17g Protein; 40g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 31mg Cholesterol; 394mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.
  • aebrownson
    17 JAN, 2012
    When you are providing recipes for "lighter" fare, it would be great if you would include nutritional info.
  • Eviebelle
    20 SEP, 2011
    My family likes this recipe, and I like how I get to sneak in some carrots.
  • MS10688918
    18 SEP, 2011
    I made this without reading the reviews and now that I have, I would hardly call it bland! I probably added a little more tomato paste than what was called for but my husband loved it and I thought it was pretty good.
  • MiniLaura
    2 AUG, 2011
    This is only okay. The sauce has a decent flavor, but the carrots are overwhelming. If I made this again, I would cut the amount of carrots at least in half. I assume the carrots are there to lighten the dish by bulking up on vegetables, but they seam out of place in a sloppy joe particularly in the listed amount. Finally, the recipe made a lot more than stated. Unless you have huge buns, expect to make at least 6 sandwiches, if not more.
  • MS10125584
    29 JUN, 2010
    I made this last night, shredded the carrots in the food processor shredder and they literlly melted in the sauce. No one knew that there were carrots in it. I didnt use salt, just pepper and organic ingredients with tomatos and paste. Not sure why some would think this is bland if the receipe was followed exactly.
  • jennperrywork
    29 JUN, 2010
    We love this recipe I have added it to my dinner menu ever since they posted it the first time. We have it about once a month, hubby and kids don't complain about the veggies.. Amazing... Try it..
  • MS10603064
    28 JUN, 2010
    This may be sacrilege, but I used to make a version of this while my kids were growing up, we called it Sloppy Gobbles, and I always added a squirt or two of plain old yellow mustard. I also used to add a finely chopped green bell pepper. My kids loved it.