Lean Turkey Sloppy Joes

lean turkey sloppy joes

When I was a kid, my favorite meal at lunch was a sloppy joe sandwich. I loved how messy and flavorful it was. I looked forward to it everyday.

However, once I grew up I had it less and less. But it all changed today. Today I made my own sloppy joes, the healthier grown-up version of my favorite meal when I was a kid.

lean turkey sloppy joes

This sloppy joes was so good! It was extra saucy like I like and it was just spicy enough too. Also, it was super easy to make.

lean turkey sloppy joes

The recipe asked for bbq sauce but I didn’t have any on hand. So I substitute it with hoisin sauce instead and it turned out fantastic!

I ate my sloppy joes with sweet potatoes and avocados instead of buns, which is why I mentioned that this is a grow-up version of a sloppy joes.

lean turkey sloppy joes

It was such a delicious, filling, and healthy meal. Perfect comfort food on this chilly day.

I bet it would taste great with some cornbread too!

lean turkey sloppy joes

Lean Turkey Sloppy Joes //yields 6 servings
Recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

1 small onion, diced
1 tsp garlic paste (I used the one from Trader Joes)
1 pound lean ground turkey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
red pepper flakes
1 cup (8oz) tomato sauce (Trader Joes)
3 Tbsp Hoisin sauce
1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 jalapenos pepper, diced

1. Heat some oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the onions and garlic until the onions are tender and garlic is fragrant. Transfer the onions to small bowl and use the same skillet to cook the turkey.
2. Next add the turkey to the skillet with salt and pepper and cook until meat is no longer pink.
3. Then stir in the Β red pepper flakes, tomato sauce, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, chili powder, Tabasco sauce and jalapenos pepper. Add in the onions and stir to combine. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve with sweet potatoes and avocados if desired or with some hamburger buns! Enjoy!


8 thoughts on “Lean Turkey Sloppy Joes

  1. This looks delicious! Who doesn’t love a good sloppy joe sandwich?! I just always avoid making them because they aren’t the healthiest so this is a great option. I also love that you paired it with sweet potatoes- I think this will be a hit in my house! Pinning for the near future. πŸ™‚

  2. So I have never heard of Hoison sauce before, but this looks great! It’s funny because I think sloppy joes are delicious, but I hate how messy they are. I actually think I could eat your version without meat dripping down my face!!

    • Hoisin sauce is just a sauce that you would use to put in Pho or to make peanut butter sauce. But I like to use it in my food as well as it has great flavor! I totally agree with it. Sloppy joes can get messy. You should definitely try it with sweet potatoes! πŸ™‚

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