Turkey Sloppy Joes: a Friday night supper that's easy to throw together. This contemporary version is healthier and more flavourful than your typical Sloppy Joes

Savoury Turkey Sloppy Joes, an Easy Weekend Meal

Turkey Sloppy Joes are the ultimate weekend comfort food. They’re hearty and filling, easy to throw together, and can feed a crowd.

This contemporary version is healthier and more flavourful than typical Sloppy Joes from the 1970s. Extra seasonings like cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and smoked paprika balance the tomato, and turkey is a healthy replacement for the usual ground beef.

Serve Sloppy Joes immediately so the buns don’t go too soggy.

This recipe is similar to our recipe for Mom’s Turkey Black Bean Chili.


Savoury Turkey Sloppy Joes, an Easy Weekend Meal

  • Author: Crosby Molasses
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey (or chicken)
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup chili sauce (can substitute additional ketchup)
  • 2 Tbsp. molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard (I use Dijon)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Over medium heat, warm 1 Tbsp. of the oil in a large pot. Add the turkey and break it up with a wooden spoon. Saute until cooked, stirring often. Remove to a plate.
  2. In the same pot, add diced onion, pepper, garlic, spices, and salt. Saute until soft but not browned (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add tomatoes, ketchup, chili sauce, molasses, mustard, water, and cooked turkey. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring often, 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and season with pepper. Cook five more minutes.
  5. Serve over toasted buns or use as a taco filling.


  • Serving Size: 4-5

Keywords: sloppy joes, easy meals, turkey sloppy joes

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  • January 29, 2022


    Best sloppy joe recipe! Easy and great tasting! Thanks Crosbys :)

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