Recipe and Cooking Techniques: Turkey Sloppy Joes

I made this recipe for a potluck dinner with the Garden Resource Program people.  It is very tasty and also very easy to make…on top of the stove or in a crockpot.  Enjoy!

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Yield: Serves 6

Cook time: 4 hours (Slow Cooker)/60-90 minutes (Fry pan)

Prep time: 12 minutes


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 ½ pounds ground turkey

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar

1 8-oz. can tomato sauce

½ cup of ketchup

½ teaspoon Tabasco

¼ cup water

6 whole-wheat hamburger buns

Pickles or pickle relish, optional


  1. Warm oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.  Turn heat up to medium-high, stir in turkey, salt and chili powder and cook, stirring to break up meat, until turkey loses its pink color, about 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer mixture to slow cooker*.  Stir in brown sugar, ketchup, ¼ cup water and Tabasco.  Cover and cook on low until bubbling and flavors have developed, 3 to 5 hours.  Serve on buns with pickles or pickle relish, if desired.

*Instead of transferring to a slow cooker, cover and cook on a low-heat, simmer for ½ hour to 1 hour.


Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

Calories: 360     Fat: 14g     Saturated fat: 27g     Protein: 27g     Carbohydrate: 33g     Fiber: 3g     Cholesterol: 90mg     Sodium: 1133mg



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