Healthy Sloppy Joes

Healthy Sloppy Joes

Ever get a hankering for one of your favorite childhood meals?

Last week, out of the blue, I decided I was in the mood for a Sloppy Joe. I have no idea where that craving came from – I haven’t had one in years. So, I asked Prince Charming if he had a secret recipe for Sloppy Joes up his sleeve.

Let me tell you, Prince Charming makes the most amazing Sloppy Joes! The sandwich he made me was so incredibly flavorful, I just had to share the recipe with you! Your husbands will love it. Your children will love it. And, most of all, you will love it, because it is healthier than most Sloppy Joe recipes!



60 Ounces (3 Packages) Ground Turkey
3 Large Brown Onions, Finely Chopped
4 Large Green Bell Peppers, Finely Chopped
4-5 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Teaspoons Black Pepper
3-4 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
½ to ¾ Cup BBQ Sauce


1. Combine everything except for the BBQ sauce in a pan.

2. Cook until the green peppers are tender, the onions are translucent, and the ground turkey is brown – approximately 20 minutes.

3. Add the BBQ sauce and mix thoroughly.

4. Cook until you achieve the desired consistency – not too much liquid and not too dry.

Healthy Sloppy Joes - Delicious In Or Out Of A Bun!

Serving Suggestions

Serve over rice or on a toasted hamburger or potato bun.

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69 Responses to “Healthy Sloppy Joes”

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  1. Beadwright says:

    Yummmmm that sounds really good. Now I know what to fix for dinner tonight.

  2. Jeanette says:

    That looks soooo tasty! I have substituted ground turkey for ground beef in many of my family's favourite recipes but have never swapped it in our sloppy joes. I am definitely trying your recipe! Thanks for sharing!


  3. Ispirato Design says:

    Healthy and Sloppy Joes- sounds like a contradiction! This sounds good for the next time I have a hankering 🙂

  4. Marlene says:

    that sounds yummy!!!! thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Emily Marie says:

    Sounds delicious! I'm excited to try.
    Found your blog through the "Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop" – now following! Cute blog.

  6. The How To Mommy says:

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    -The How To Mommy

  7. Joan says:

    Oh My Gosh!! Does this ever look delicious!! Thanks for sharing. I LOVE Sloppy Joes can't wait to try this one!

  8. Jackie says:

    Yum! I love sloppy joes. I will have to pick up some ground turkey and give them a shot! Stopping by on the blog hop.

  9. Tezra says:

    This looks super yummy & I think I have all the ingredients for tomorrow 🙂

  10. Steph says:


  11. A Mom's Take says:

    Thanks for participating in the Good Friends Click Blog Hop! New follower! I have lots of giveaways ending Thursday!


  12. Angie says:

    Sounds yummy…I'm a new follower for Blog It Forward Tuesday!

  13. Candi says:

    We ate Turkey Sloppy Joes last night for supper! They must be on the brain. 🙂

  14. Brian + Cheryl B. says:

    hi 🙂 Out of curiosity I followed you link here from Jen's 11th Heaven Homemakers Monday.

    Yes, out of curiosity. See, recently somebody gave me a recipe for "healthier" Sloppy Joe's, And I wanted to compare yours with it. Turns out the two are very different! The one that was given to me calls for: Hamburg, onion, celery, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, catchup, water, Worchest. sauce, and oatmeal.

    I should tell you that at first I cringed when I read "Ground Turkey" at the top of your recipe. Big time! See, years ago now, we were served sloppy joe's made out of ground turkey. Our hostess had made them out of ground turkey and tomato sauce. NOTHING more! No spice. No flavorings. No thickener. NOTHING more. And they were horrible!!!

    But I shall continue on and tell you that you redeemed yourself and stopped my cringing, by what else you added to your recipe. ;-> I no longer feel sorry for the people who had to eat yours. o;-p!

  15. E says:

    Mmm I have a Sloppy Joe recipe on my blog as well…I'm not sure of how healthy it is though.
    Swinging by from hop a little Tuesday, I'm already a follower but wanted to leave some love.

  16. cajunlicious says:

    Yummy! These sound great.

  17. says:

    Sounds yummy! My husband loves sloppy joes, I'll have to try this healthier version.

    I’m a new follower from the Totally Tuesday Blog Hop. Please stop on by and follow me at and say hello 🙂

  18. Marilyn Rock says:

    Sloppy Joe's are one of my favorites and I started making them with turkey about two years ago. Yummy! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  19. b. lee says:

    love this! we do a similar version * my kids LOVE ~ totally beats manwhich 😉

  20. Michele Moore says:

    This looks SO yummy! I am going to have to try to sneak it in one night for dinner with my husband who "doesn't like turkey" I swear he is pickier than the kids when it comes to healthy stuff! :0)

    Followed you from the Tiggerific Blog Hop. Hope you have a Magical Day!


  21. Kirstin says:

    Yummy! love sloppy joes and make mine all the time with turkey and I make my own sauce for it. I just made lentil sloppy joes tonight and will be posting the recipe sometime soon on my blog.

  22. Sarah says:

    mmm. that looks delicious! didn't even think about making sloppy joes healthy! LOVE IT!

  23. Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook says:

    Looks so good, we love sloppy joes! Never thought to make it with turkey, great idea!

  24. Lisa @ Granola Catholic says:

    Looks yummy! I can't wait to try this with my family

  25. Sarah says:

    That looks great!

    I am stopping by from the I ♥ Blogging hop, thank you for joining our hop!

  26. Ott, A. says:

    What a tasty and quick meal. Just stopping by from Made from Scratch Tuesday and I wanted to invite you to my Iron Chef Challenge the themed ingredient this month is ham. Link up a recipe and you'll have a chance to win a prize. Hope you can join in the fun!!!

  27. Lark (SparkyLarky) says:

    Oh these look amazing! And I LOVE turkey burgers!

    So happy you shared it with us all at Made it on Monday!

  28. Sherry says:

    That looks so tasty! I'll try this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  29. GSS says:

    New Follower from the hop,

  30. maiylah says:

    healthier than other sloppy joe recipes! i think i'll have that with rice… 😉

    thanks for joining Food Friday this week!


    Well, Yum! How many does this serve?

  32. sueparks2003 says:

    The Sloppy Joes – Yumm

    New GFC follower.
    Gladys Parker Thanks!

  33. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Ramona,
    Who wouldn't just love this healthy Sloppy Joe, I looks delicious. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

  34. Erin @ EKat's Kitchen says:

    Ramona, these treats look wonderful! I haven't had sloppy joes in ages, and I love your take on it with turkey. Thanks for bringing to Friday Potluck…

    P.S. it looks like your list of Friday Parties didn't make it to your links sections 🙂

  35. Miranda says:

    Never thought I would see healthy and sloppy joe in the same sentence. Thanks for linking this up to Fat Camp Friday! Hope to see you next week!

  36. Carla and Michael says:

    It's kind of funny because a while back I was craving "good old sloppy joes" like what I remembered as a kid. So what did I do? Yep, went out and bought the big can and mixed it with some ground chuck. Boy was I DISAPPOINTED-nothing like I remembered. It was horrible-we threw out the leftovers. I'll have to give this one a try soon.

  37. Amy says:

    Definitely a different version of Sloppy joe's than I am used to… I want to try this out one day! Thanks for posting it.

  38. Mary says:

    Sounds delish!

  39. a moderate life says:

    Hi sweet P!!! Sorry I am late to commenting, but you wouldn't believe the computer issues I have been having! Thank goodness all is well now! One of my husband's favorite dishes is sloppy joe and to him that means manwich and I have been trying for years to make a better and healthier variety! I have come up with lots of options and I will definitely be trying yours. I think at this point his "childhood memories" of manwich are far better than the real thing! Thanks so much for sharing this with us on the hearth and soul hop! hugs! Alex

  40. Time4Mommy says:

    My husband hates turkey but I think even he'd like this!


  41. Amy says:

    Found you through the blog hop! Your recipe sounds yummy! I’m going to have to try it soon!

  42. This looks like a crowd pleaser. I don’t cook with ground turkey nearly enough and this recipe looks like a good place to start.

  43. Heck yeah, dinner tonight is covered!

  44. I have a 13 yr old who does not eat mammals – so we are all about ground turkey and ground chicken over here – yum!

    Thanks so much for linking up on Time Travel Tuesday – it is such a pleasure to host and see everyone’s work – so many of these posts have been missed since we didn’t all know eachother back then 😉

  45. Karen says:

    Stopping by from Time Travel Tuesday. I stumbled, already followed and Google +1 you! My post is

  46. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    Stopping from Travel Time Tuesday! This sound yummy and healthy.

  47. Annie @ Maximum Chaos says:

    Looks delish! Can’t wait to try it with the wee ones. Stopping by from Time Travel Tuesdays. Can’t wait to explore your site more.

  48. Janice says:

    Stopping by for travel Tuesday & flagging this for later! Haven’t had a sloppy Joe in a long time, sounds fun& yummy

  49. Lisa Weidknecht says:

    I’m good with a can of Manwich. ROFL. But this looks good. I’m time traveling tonight!

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