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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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

Reviews (35)

157 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 66
  • 2 star values: 39
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2018
I do check the comments often prior to making any recipe and on this site, I so often see the word “bland.” We have to add salt and usually more salt than we think because unlike processed food, food from scratch is salt-free. Salt enhances flavor and without it, everything will taste muted, and blah, I.e. bland.
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2015
Great recipe! It tasted tons better than any of the cans you find on the grocery shelves.
Rating: Unrated
10/02/2014
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.
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Rating: Unrated
06/12/2014
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.
Rating: Unrated
01/17/2012
When you are providing recipes for "lighter" fare, it would be great if you would include nutritional info.
Rating: Unrated
09/20/2011
My family likes this recipe, and I like how I get to sneak in some carrots.
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Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2011
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.
Rating: Unrated
08/02/2011
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/29/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/29/2010
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..
Rating: Unrated
06/28/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
03/10/2009
Just okay. Bland
Rating: Unrated
02/25/2009
Yes, this recipe is very good. Caution: It definitely makes way more than four servings! I agree on adding pretty much salt and pepper. I am also going to put in more spices next time and maybe an additional onion. It bordered on bland, but was still really good.
Rating: Unrated
01/26/2009
My family LOVES this recipe. I also made it for guests last summer and everyone raved about them. I will never go back to old sloppy joe recipes after this one...especially knowing that this recipe is so much healthier! In fact, I'm planning to make them again for my super bowl party next week! My husband can't wait. I made this recipe exactly as it reads and wouldn't change a thing-especially don't take out the carrots!
Rating: Unrated
01/26/2009
I made this recipe exactly as written and my family absolutely loved it! I made it again for guests last summer and they raved about them. I wouldn't change the recipe one bit and I am planning to make them for the Super Bowl too! And yes, the carrots are a necessary part!
Rating: Unrated
01/14/2009
A few more things: I did only add two carrots, and I thought that was plenty. Be sure to add plenty of salt and pepper. I ended up adding more than I thought I would need, but there are a lot of ingredients to season, especially because turkey is a little bland. Follow these tips, and you are sure to love this "tweaked" recipe.
Rating: Unrated
01/14/2009
Because some other readers gave this recipe rather bland reviews, I decided to dress it up a bit. I added a few herbs and spices with the turkey-- basil, oregano, cumin, and a pinch of cayenne. This helped add depth of flavor. I also cooked it down a little longer than suggested, but at a lower heat. I found that the recipe called for too much brown sugar, as it tasted a little too sweet for my palate. However, an extra splash of cider vinegar fixed that. YUMMY OUTCOME!!!!!!
Rating: Unrated
01/11/2009
Sounds different...don't know that I'd be thrilled about that many carrots, and I KNOW my husband wouldn't go anywhere near it if I put carrots in it at all. Anyone who's tried this recipe (and liked it) and feels that the carrots are necessary?
Rating: Unrated
01/01/2009
i liked it but i am not sure i would make it again. and certainly not wihout modifications. too many carrots and needed more cook time to reduce the liquid.
Rating: Unrated
12/28/2008
I read many of the comments before making this dish. At the last minute I hesitated due to all the negative feedback, but by that point I had all the ingredients. I decided to modify a little: I used only two carrots, added a bit more Worcestershire and used a full lb. of turkey. My husband and I both loved it.
Rating: Unrated
09/12/2008
I have tried a few sloppy joe recipes and unfortunately this one is at the bottom of the list. There was WAY too much crushed tomato and it left the filling without any substance and taste. I thought that I must have mis-read the directions, but nope. Will be sticking with the old stand-by recipes.
Rating: Unrated
08/14/2008
Great recipe! My 18 months old son who doesn't like veggies loved it! Thanks for the healthy recipe! Love it!
Rating: Unrated
08/06/2008
Whole family enjoyed!!!! Delicious!!!!
Rating: Unrated
08/06/2008
Whole family enjoyed!!!! Delicious!!!!
Rating: Unrated
07/27/2008
i didn't have any carrots in the house when i came across this recipe, but i had a load of zucchini. i substituted and it was very tasty. i also added about half a table spoon of bbq sauce right at the end to add a little smokiness. this recipe has become one of our favorites because you know you are eating a lot of vegetables, but they are in disguise.
Rating: Unrated
07/08/2008
I thought this take on the sloppy joe was very, very bland: way too many carrots, and far too much crushed tomato. To salvage the recipe, I just kept adding more salt, pepper, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce (in proportionate quantities) until it actually tasted decent. I doubt I will make this one again.
Rating: Unrated
05/21/2008
No kids in this household, its a favorite of the entire household of adults. Easy to prepare, and the leftovers work well for lunch the next day, or as a topping in a baked sweet potato
Rating: Unrated
04/08/2008
I'm a fan of this easy-to-prepare recipe! So are my preschool-aged children, who are eating their vegetables without realizing it while enjoying this dish.
Rating: Unrated
03/07/2008
I just made this for dinner. It was so fast and easy to prepare and it tasted great! My kids all loved it - even my 1 year old! I will make this again.
Rating: Unrated
02/26/2008
I thought they were rather good. I will definately make these again.
Rating: Unrated
01/23/2008
Gosh, such harsh comments! You can't expect it to taste just like actual sloppy joes. My family really enjoys this recipe and I've made it several times. We haven't tired of it yet.
Rating: Unrated
01/14/2008
yuck...no taste. It needs something?? What a waste of ingredients
Rating: Unrated
01/04/2008
One of the most disgusting things I've ever made! Tastes like carrot candy with lumps of turkey!11
Rating: Unrated
11/26/2007
Really good! We were actually surprised at how good and healthy this tasted... and not greasy.
Rating: Unrated
11/07/2007
This was a fabulous, healthy twist on the regular Sloppy Joes. My 3,9,