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I have a confession to make … I didn’t think I liked sloppy joes, much less turkey sloppy joes! My husband grew up on this all-American classic. His mom made them often on nights she and her hubby went out to play cards with friends and left the kids at home. With nine kids, I’m sure those were precious nights! After a long day of hiking during summer camp one year, my oldest son ended up trying slppy joes and he really liked them. So, I decided to give them a try. After doing a bit of research, I created this recipe using ground turkey.


I’m a Sloppy Joe Convert!


Now, I’m definitely a convert. I think I had in my head this meal was like the processed Manwich sandwiches from the ’70s. Somehow, those always looked kinda sketchy to me…. Oh how wrong I was! These ended up being delicious and so much healthier than I expected. Plus, my boys love them now, too. If I don’t have peppers in the house, I substitute finely diced carrots and those work great as well.


I use my food processor to save on the prep time of the vegetables. Cut the onions, pepper and celery into large chunks. Using a food processor fitted with a steel blade, add the vegetables and pulse until chopped – so easy!


While the ground turkey browns with the onion, celery and peppers, I make the sauce right in the slow cooker. Add all the sauce ingredients to the slow cooker and whisk until thoroughly combined. Once the meat browns, throw it in the slow cooker and let it simmer for about four hours on low. On busy weeknights, this meal can’t be beat. I found delicious brioche buns at the grocery store this week and used those to hold the sloppy joes … yummy!





  • 1-1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green, yellow or red pepper
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 hamburger buns, split


  1. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook the turkey, onion, celery and pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add tomato sauce, corn starch, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, salt and pepper to the slow cooker. Whisk ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add meat to the slow cooker. Stir well. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Serve on buns.

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