These Turkey Sloppy Joes are family-tested and kid-approved, plus lean ground turkey is a great healthy option for weeknight dinners. Embrace the mess and your kids will, too!
- 1 large carrot
- 1 small onion
- 2 stalks celery
- 1/2 green pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Soft hamburger buns, to serve
- Coleslaw, to serve
- Kettle potato chips
- Pickled jalapeños
1 Prepare the vegetable mix: Pulse the ingredients in a food processor until they are minced. Alternatively, very finely mince the onion, carrot, green pepper, celery, and garlic with a chef's knife.
It’s very important that there are no huge chunks in the final sloppy joe mix, so if you don’t have a food processor, take your time while chopping them—do it in advance if you want. Just store the chopped veggies together in a covered container in the fridge.
2 Begin cooking the vegetables: In a medium to large saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil along with the minced veggies. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes until veggies soften but don’t brown. Season the veggies with salt and pepper.
3 Add the turkey and cook: Add the ground turkey to the pot. Stir it constantly to break up the turkey. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes until turkey is cooked through.
4 Add the sauce: Add the ketchup, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar to the pot and bring to a simmer.
Turn heat down to low and simmer the sloppy joes mixture, stirring regularly, for 6 to 8 minutes until mixture is thick. (Simmer for an additional 5 minutes if the mixture still seems too soupy.)
Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
5 Serve! Serve sloppy joes piled high on soft hamburger buns served with coleslaw. Add kettle potato chips and pickled jalapeños, if desired.