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Quick & Easy Turkey Sloppy Joes

When we were first married and poor college students, I found this sloppy joe recipe and tweaked it. The fresh bell peppers give it a wonderful flavor. —Kallee Twiner, Maryville, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 hamburger buns, split


  • In a large skillet, cook turkey, onion and pepper over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking up turkey into crumbles.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, barbecue sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 251 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 629mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • JennyDawson
    Jan 18, 2020

    I liked the recipe very much except for the cumin. Somehow, it seemed like it didn't fit. I will make it again, just leave out the cumin. Thanks for a good recipe!

  • Erin
    Nov 1, 2019

    This is fantastic! Easy crowd pleaser!

  • Naomi
    Jan 31, 2019


  • tampacooks
    Oct 23, 2018

    This is my go-to recipe for a quick meal. I make it several times a year and it's always a hit.

  • justmbeth
    Oct 2, 2018

    A surprise hit! The flavors combined for a sweet and tangy flavor. Not spicy at all.

  • lurky27
    Jan 5, 2015

    Delicious & flavorful! I omitted the red onion & it was fine. Easy to make, too.- Theresa

  • lmmanda
    Sep 18, 2014

    This was really good! I liked how quickly it came together. I ate the mixture over leftover mashed potatoes, but everyone else used pita bread,

  • Angel182009
    Sep 17, 2014

    I loved how quick this recipe was to make and that it used ground turkey. I usually always make a buffalo turkey sloppy joe but this was a nice change. I'll be making it again.

  • toolbarsco
    Sep 12, 2014

    We love sloppy joes and I have collected many recipes for preparing them over the years. I can't say this was one of my favorites but it was quick and easy.

  • Va Hanthorn
    Aug 28, 2014

    This is a very tasty meal which is quick and easy to fix. This recipe is a keeper.