If you’re not a fan of sloppy joes then this recipe will change your mind!!

I tried it out on my family the other night & they all loved it (me too!). To make it healthier I used ground turkey.

If you’re making this for kiddos you might want to skip the red pepper flakes & Tobasco so it’s not too spicy!

Healthier Sloppy Joe's
This recipe is super easy plus it makes leftovers which I sent in my husbands lunch!
Original Recipe:


2 pounds ground turkey
1 large green bell pepper, diced
1/2 large onion, diced
1 cups ketchup
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder, or more as needed
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more as needed – I skipped this!
Hot sauce, such as Tabasco – I added just a little bit so it wouldn’t be too spicy for my kiddos!
Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 whole wheat hamburger buns


Start by browning the ground turkey in a large pot over medium-high heat.

Add in the green peppers and onions. Stir, and then add 3/4 cup water, the ketchup and garlic. Stir it around to combine, and then add the brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine, and then cover and simmer over medium-low heat, about 20 minutes.

Spoon a good amount of the meat mixture onto the bottom hamburger bun and then top with the other half. Serve with fruit, veggies + dip, or salad.


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