Sloppy Janes

Sloppy Janes
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Sloppy Joes get a makeover with lean ground turkey instead of beef, plus plenty of zing from garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes and hot sauce.

  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    20 min
  • Servings
    8 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 sandwich
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

8 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 sandwich
  • Amount per serving Calories 250

  • Total Fat 7g
    • Saturated Fat 1.6g
    • Trans Fat 0.1g
  • Cholesterol 45mg
  • Sodium 390mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 31g
    • Dietary Fiber 5g
    • Total Sugars 10g
  • Protein 16g
  • Potassium 510mg
  • Phosphorus 240mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1 Nonstarchy vegetable, 2 Lean protein, 1/2 Fat



  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • medium onion (diced)
  • medium red bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • garlic (minced)
    1 clove
  • lean ground turkey
    1 lbs
  • tomato paste
    1 tbsp
  • Dijon Mustard
    2 tbsp
  • hot sauce
    1 tbsp
  • canned crushed tomatoes
    2 cup
  • honey or 2 packets artificial sweetener
    1 tbsp
  • black pepper
    1/2 tsp
  • whole wheat hamburger buns


  1. Add cooking spray to a nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat.

  2. Add onion, red bell pepper and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

  3. Add turkey and sauté 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until turkey is just cooked through.

  4. Add tomato paste, Dijon mustard, hot sauce, tomatoes, honey and ground black pepper. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

  5. Toast the hamburger buns. Fill each bun with 1/2 cup turkey mixture to make 8 sandwiches. Optional: top each sandwich with lettuce, red onion, or pickles for crunch.

  • Not recommended

    I was disappointed by this recipe. If you are looking for a Sloppy Joe substitute, this isn’t it. It tastes overwhelmingly like crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. I added cumin and chili powder to give it some taste. That salvaged it, but made it taste like Coney Island or chili.

  • Recommended

    This is delicious! I used 96% lean hamburger instead of turkey. I also used a low carb high fiber wrap instead of a bun. Follow recipe exactly to ensure you don’t get too much of a particular taste. I make this recipe weekly.

  • Recommended

    would make but without the bun