Turkey Sloppy Joes

Turkey Sloppy Joes
Photo: John Kernick
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

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 much less saturated fat.


  • 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

  • ¾ 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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