Potluck Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Potluck Sloppy Joes Recipe

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For a change of pace, Rick suggests swapping out the green pepper in these tasty sloppy joes for an Anaheim, if available. Long and lighter green in color than a bell pepper, Anaheim peppers have just a hint of a bite. —Rick Bolte, Montclair, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups ketchup
  • 1 can (8 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 12 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 360 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 785mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2-1/2 starch, 3 lean mea


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the turkey, celery, onions and pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Stir in the ketchup, tomato sauce, flour, sugar, vinegar and mustard. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Spoon 2/3 cup turkey mixture onto each bun.
  3. Or, cool turkey mixture and freeze in freezer containers for up to 3 months.
  4. To use frozen turkey mixture: Thaw in the refrigerator; place in a saucepan and heat through. Spoon 2/3 cup turkey mixture onto each bun. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Potluck Sloppy Joes in Healthy Cooking August/September 2010, p31

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Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"These are great for a crowd! I use ground beef instead, just a personal preference."

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"the kids loved it and so did my husband and he's not a sandwich eater."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"Just right - not too much tomato mush - just right - husband didn't realize I was sneaking in veg and turkey"

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2012

"super good would make for family again"

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"Very tasty! I made this as a potluck for friends. I cooked the meat and veggies as directed, then a that and the rest of the ingredients to my slow cooker. I substituted brown sugar for the regular sugar, with an additional tablespoon. I also added a tablespoon of chili powder for a richer color and taste, my preference. Just because I like my food with a little extra sauce I added an extra can of sauce, and a tablespoon of cornstarch/water. I cooked it on low for 4 or 5 hours. It came with rave reviews from our friends and my picky husband and toddler who all ate a lot of it."

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