Sloppy Turkey Joes

Note: This recipe method is written for children to follow, too. Adult helpers are referred to as GHs, or Grown Helpers.

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
  • 1 package, 1 1/3 pounds, ground turkey breast or lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grill seasoning blend (recommended: McCormick Montreal Grill Seasoning or Mrs. Dash seasoning for poultry)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce,( 8- ounce) can
  • 4 crusty sandwich rolls, split
  • 12 celery sticks, available in produce department or Grown Helper can chop
  • 12 carrot sticks, also available in produce department or grown helper can chop
  • Cheese Fries, recipe follows
Directions

Have a GH (grown helper) place a big skillet over medium high heat for you. Use some kitchen scissors to cut the turkey package open. Add some extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan in a nice, slow stream. Have the GH add the ground turkey to the pan, in case it spatters. Break the turkey up with a big wooden spoon as it starts to cook. If anyone touches the raw turkey, they should go wash their hands.

If you are a really good chopper, using a small, sharp knife chop up some red onion. Remember when you are chopping to keep the fingers that are not holding the knife all tucked in and curled under. Have a GH help you. You need half a red onion chopped up small. Pull the seeds and white membrane and the top out of a half red bell pepper and chop that up small too. Add the veggies to the cooking meat and stir it all together.

Next, mix in a small bowl: grill seasoning blend, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and the tomato sauce. This will make your special sauce. When all the ingredients are combined, pour the sauce evenly over the meat and stir everything together really well. Turn the heat down to simmer and cook the sloppy mixture for 10 minutes. Blow on a spoonful until cool and taste it to see if you need to adjust the seasoning.

Have the GH help you serve. Place a bun bottom on a plate. Use a big ice cream scoop to get a pile of sloppy meat onto the bun. Put bun top in place and serve with vegetable sticks on the side and Cheese Fries.

Cheese Fries:

1 sack frozen French fries, any brand or shape - crinkle cut, thin cut, steak cut, waffle fries - prepared to package directions

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups whole milk

2 1/2 cups, (10-ounce) sack shredded yellow Cheddar

3 squirts ketchup, about 1/4 cup

Have your GH (Grown Helper) put fries in oven on a cookie sheet. While fries are baking in the oven, have a GH place a sauce pot on the stove and heat it over medium heat. Add butter and melt it. Add the flour and stir. Cook butter and flour together for 1 minute or so. This is called "roux" (like Tiger and Roo with Pooh Bear) and it helps to thicken up sauces. Use a whisk to stir as the milk goes into the pot. Keep stirring until the milk gets thicker. Use a wooden spoon or heat-safe spatula to stir in the cheese. When all of the cheese melts, take the sauce off the heat and stir in 3 squirts of ketchup. This is your SECRET ingredient. When everyone asks what you put in your cheese sauce that makes it taste so good, just say milk and cheese, you can NEVER tell what secret ingredients you add! Tell your GH to keep the secret, too or they can never help you again!

Pour the sauce over the fries or serve the sauce on the side if you like to dipping better.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ease of preparation: easy


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Easy, good, and tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy and such a cute recipe !!! Even though our kids are in their teens, we still enjoyed reading the directions : item not reviewed by moderator and published
For those who thought this may be a bit bland, you might try only adding 1/2 c of the tomato sauce and 1/2 c of your favorite barbecue sauce. I'd also add one or two cloves of minced garlic when I add the peppers and onions. You can kick it up another notch if you like it more flavorful by adding 1/4 -3/4 tsp of Tabasco or Sriracha. Also, using dark meat turkey although higher fat content would give it a bit more flavor than the white meat turkey. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I went by the directions and then tasted....and then opened the fridge and started adding....which greatly helped. Truth be told, nothing can make turkey in a "beef recepie" taste good or even near normal. Run don't walk. Arms in the air - screaming! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Too much brown sugar made it too sweet for me. Maybe 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar and add more to taste. I'll try it again with less sugar. Not really tangy enough for me either, so I added 1 Tablespoon tamarind paste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used this as a basis for my sloppy joe and it worked very well. I am concerned however by your comment on cheesy fries I think not to reveal your secret ingredient. I cannot have wheat and dairy and my husband cannot have onions, garlic, scallions. (We're a lot of fun to cook for. This is why I am always adjusting recipes. Not to reveal all the ingredients means that the cook may inadvertently make me or my husband sick. Whenever we hold pot lucks, we always ask for the ingredients. I just thought that you would like to take this into account. Thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent fries n cheese for kids....been searching for this when I saw it in 30 minute show....thank you ..toasty in Alaska item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super simple and delicious! My husband and kids LOVED it! Just a perfect blend of flavors - not too tomatoey like other sloppy joes I've tried. Since I doubled this recipe, I had a little bit of leftovers for lunch the next day. Add pasta to the sloppy joe, a little bit of parmesan, and little sprinkle of sea salt... and Viola! Delicious pasta! This recipe will most definitely be a regular! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I thought this recipe was very tasty and a keeper. I didn't have all the necessary ingredients and had to make some substitutions-yellow rather than red onion, green rather red pepper, 1/2 T Montreal seasoning and 1/2 T Lawry salt. I hope I can remember all the tweaks the next time because there were no leftovers. I particularly liked her suggestion for the vegetables to accompany the entree. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Instead of a sandwich, I put the mixture on corn tortillas with Mexican cheese, sour cream and salsa. If you want to eat them like this, you might want to cut down on the brown sugar just a little. They make excellent tacos! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are awesome! Very yummy and the kids love em! They will say "I don't like the onions and green things" but when they actually taste it... YUM! Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
DELISH!!!!! I haven't had sloppy joes since I was a kid and when I came across this recipe I had to try it. It was soooooooo good-omg.... I practically had everything in my pantry to prepare this dish and it was quick and super easy to make. I followed the recipe to a T. My kids and husband loved it.... Yummy-this one is a keeper. I will DEFINITELY make this again and again and again. 2 thumbs up RR! item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good! my husband hates bell peppers and onions but totally ate it up in this recipe. definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Rachael I invited this recipe. It was actually really fast and not bad. I did my thing making the sloppy joe. I am sure they could use the above recipe for it. I put the sloppy joe mixture in an 8x10 pan or a meatloaf pan works best. Put casserole cheese mix on the top. Then this was the neat and fun part. Instead of putting the mixture on top of the bread. I put it on the top. I used a package of Martha White's Cheesy Bread Biscuit mix, Poured on top of the sloppy joe mix. Bake at 425 until the top was golden brown. Now because my oven doesn't always bake right. I test the middle of bread with a tooth pick. To make sure the middle gets done. I hope you give this recipe a try.I wish we could contact you personally. On this website you do not have a contact us. I wish you would. Of course I realize you couldn't possibly answer every email. But it would be not to be able to submit a recipe you make personally. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so easy to throw together! I used all the ingredients but I always eyeball it like Rachel. Be sure to tweak it to your liking and you can't go wrong! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We got Rachel Ray's kid's cookbook for Christmas and they picked this recipe for their first one. The kids helped make it and it was a huge hit! My son loved it and even ate the onions and red peppers. My daughter who is ultra-picky still would not eat it, but don't let that deter you, she won't eat anything! We had leftovers and added it into baked spaghetti later in the week! It was fabulous. We also made the cheesy fries with fresh potatoes instead of frozen fries, though I would use a little less ketchup in them (the "secret" ingredient). Al in all, a winner, it will show up on our menu often. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids love this meal, and I have been making it for awhile now. For the person who complained it was too salty, it sounds like you bought a grill mix with high sodium, added too much, or are way picky. That can be fixed by adjusting the seasoning... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely love this recipe. It is tasty and original. I already had all the ingredients in my fridge and didn't have to make any special trips to the store. I love how Rachael doesn't over complicate food! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been trying to use ground turkey more, but it just doesn't work in some recipes. My husband and I were both happy with the flavor of the sloppy joes, but felt that it was missing a little something. I will make it again tonight and experiment with adding more Worcestershire sauce or a little vinegar. This is a great recipe, just don't be afraid to make it your own. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great recipe. I also added shredded zucchini to the mixture and the kids didn't notice and ate all of it. That idea was from another Rachael Ray recipe I saw and I decided to try it with this. Success! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought these were terrible, WAAAAY too salty for my taste. All I could taste was the salt in the grill seasoning. Had to throw the batch away. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so simple to make and I actually had everything on hand. The flavor was excellent. I will be making this again when I need a quick week night meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is absolutely great, and so quick. It is on our table quite often! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such a great weeknight meal recipe. It comes together really quick and is yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband is somewhat of a critic when it comes to new stuff - not only did he love it, it was a breeze to make! (Did I mention he has a crush on Rachael Ray?) He was pleased to find out it was her recipe =) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Holy cow, these sloppy turkey joes are AMAZING! The sauce is super tasty and delicious, and the onion and peppers in the turkey give it a nice spicy and flavor. I haven't had sloppy joes in years, but I'm definitely going to get hooked on them again. And plus, it was super duper easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So fast and so easy and SO delicious! My 2 year old loved them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought the joes were pretty good. However, the seasoning and pepper made it a bit too spicy for my kiddos. The fries, celery, and carrots were a big hit though! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My friend is having some serious problems with her heart. So I'm trying to help her eat healthier. I was worried about cooking with ground turkey. Last time I had ground turkey I was a kid and I hated it. I would have never know it was turkey if I wasn't the one who cooked it. It was very good. In fact, I changed a few of the ingredients for her particular diet. I used no salt tomato sauce, mrs dash poultry seasoning, and spenda brown sugar. I think that was one of the best tasting low fat, low carb, low sodium dishes I've ever made. It doesn't even taste like your eating healthy. It's good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made these for my sister and I. The recipie was so easy and fast. my sister loved them and she doesn't really like spicy food! i did tweak the cooking time and let it simmer for about ten minutes more than the recipie called for and it made the mix soo much better awesome recipie rachel! thank you so much! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved everything, but added 1/2 green pepper and some red peper flakes along with an extra 8oz can of tomato sauce. We like our sloppy Joes very sloppy. Taste was simply wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never liked sloppy joes but my husband does so I thought I'd try this. I loved the ground turkey, peppers and onions. My husband normally won't eat ground turkey but even he admitted it wasn't bad in a recipe like this. Kids liked it also! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Overall this was very easy and pretty tasty. I used Splenda with Brown Sugar in place of brown sugar. It tasted pretty sweet. Next time I will use regular brown sugar and see how it tastes. The true test will be if my 3 year old eats it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It had great flavor and texture. My husband said it would be great on tacos too. Great for a week night family pleaser. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I want to stress what the other reviewers mentioned; you definitely need to more sauce to make it sloppy. I made a little less than twice as much and that was perfect. I also added red pepper flakes (1 tbsp) and 4 dashes of hot sauce. This really made it have a nice sweet/spicy kick going on. Fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an easy recipe. I didn't use as much liquids as Rachel did and it still came out yummy. My family likes it and it's health option to beef. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for movie night. The kids and I loved it!! No comments from the kids about the ground turkey. I followed the instructions for the sauce and it came out perfect. Definitely a quick and easy meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was so fast and easy to make, and tasted great (I just doubled the worchestershire and montreal seasoning, and threw in some crushed red pepper flakes for some zing) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love that this is a healthier recipe to make. However, my picky husband and 4 year old son can ALWAYS tell. This recipe was ok. It's not what I was expecting but I may still try making it again in the future but with a little less seasoning (my 4 year old thought it was to spicy) and I'll make it saucier. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was excellent. Even my picky 15 year old son liked it. The meat stayed together nicely in the roll. It's a quick and easy weeknight dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband who claimed he didn't like sloppy joes loves this recipe! He loves the chopped onions and peppers in it. It has such a great taste to it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I prefer molasses in my sloppy joes, and a little less tomatoe sauce and a little more katsup instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I eased up a little on the brown sugar, but this has got to be the best sloppy joe recipe ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was super easy and quick to prepare. The taste was outstanding and my family love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was SO easy. i didn't have brown sugar so i used raw sugar (turbinado) and i was out of tomato sauce as well, so i used a 6oz can of tomato paste and whisked that in a bowl with 1 cup of water and the seasonings. the taste was excellent. was the perfect "sloppiness" and wasn't too sweet, but just sweet enough. i made my sandwich with mustard though so that may have cut some of the sweetness as well. added a little fresh cilantro to my sandwich, and this lunch was perfection! item not reviewed by moderator and published
really good and easy.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you Rachael for the wonderful recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
ooooh, this was sooooo good.i mixed in some beef to give it that sort of beefyness from regular sjs.we also doubled the recipe to accomidate my 4 kids. everyone got seconds, some even thirds!!! next time, i might add some spicy mustard. :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was such a good recipe, beats any other sloppy joes I have had. AND it is very easy, healthy and not from a can. Gotta love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes, my kids are grown, but I still thought they would like this. To them it was ho-hum. I liked it, though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this several times. It is quick, easy, and delicious. The cheesy fries need less milk and some tobasco or hot sauce for flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a big sloopy joe fan but this recipe was great. It was simple to make and very fast. I really enjoyed this sandwich and can't wait to make it again. You go Rachel Ray you are the bomb. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was great. I didn't realize how quickly from start to eat this would take and the taste is great. My husband who can be very picky when it comes to home foods, he loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the ease and taste of this comfort-food recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of my favorite 30 minute meals, quick, easy and delicious!! It was even better the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was so simple and wonderful. My family loved it! We make it alot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never tried sloppy joes with turkey before - but I'll never go back! The ground turkey is nice and lean and the sauce mix is so easy, all stuff you'll have in your pantry. Really, really good!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe has been a real hit with my picky eater and it is a great way to get healthier low-fat ground turkey into a meal. I serve it with fresh whole wheat rolls I get at a local grocery store. It does take a while to make though, so it is not great for an on the go day, but when you have the time it is worth it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cook with my daughter from her Rachel Ray cookbook for kids every other week. This has been a favorite of our entire family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is a very easy and tasty meal. my whole family loved it. thankyou! item not reviewed by moderator and published
great tasting, easy to prepare. Didn't tell my husband it was turkey until 1 week later item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really liked this recipe. I did add 2 tbs of ketchup and a little hot sauce as I had read the reviews before I made the sloppy joes. I would definately make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a quick and easy way to spice up some ground turkey...and found it! We like sloppy joes, and LOVED this recipe with a simple modification. I reduced the amount of brown sugar and added some BBQ sauce...even better. We didn't even miss the beef. Thanks again, Rachael. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband didn't like this and he's the sloppy joes fan. I don't think turkey can take the place of ground beef in this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious!! My husband wasn't use to the more sweeter taste, but something definately to try again. Even my 2 year old son loved it! A hit! Thank You Rachel!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy Yummy :) I had a lot of Sloppy Joe's as a kid, and this is fab!! Only thing I would change next time (and there will be a next time) would be to make a little more sauce because I like em saucy :)~ Another hit Rach!! Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful remake of the "canned" sloppy joe. It has a great flavor and is easy to make! My boys loved it as well as my in-laws. My mother-in-law even makes it regularly now, and she doesn't cook that much! It is sweet and thick. Try it, you'll like it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sandwiches were less messy than the canned sloppy joes, and also the sauce tastes so much better. Knowing what is in the food is very important to know before feeding it to my hungry family. My husband loved it too!! What a change from the, ground beef would be better attitude. Yummy-yum, yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this in no time and my husband loved it! It was a quick and easy lunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These Sloppy Joes, were so easy, fast, and full of flavor. I like mine a little more spicy to them but other then that, these were great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did this to a "T", and my teen and I agreed, it's very good. Great on a toasted Kaiser roll! I didn't find it bland. Also, there are many ways to alter this, if you choose. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very sweet and tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Needed something easy to make last week and this was just right. I'm gonna tweak the recipe a little next time. I want to cut back just a hair on the sweetness. Maybe a 1/2 tbs of brown sugar, some ketchup and hot sauce. We'll see how it works. Husband really liked this recipe too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was wonderful, easy to make and a great flavor, we will certainly have it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very easy and very tasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband is a kid at heart and loves comfort food, especially sloppy joes. Unfortunately, most comfort food isn't exactly on the health conscious menu. I made this one last night and he loved it. I've tried several that just weren't close enough to the original to warrant making them a second time, but this one was very good. I have to admit, I'm looking forward to making it again. (I did add 2 Tbs ketchup to the recipe though, we thought it added an additional flavor to it.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
When we made it I think I would have added a little more tomato sauce to make it sloppier. Otherwise my kid loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good! Only thing is I wanted a little more sauce...not sloppy enough for me I guess! :) Very easy and very good! Not quite sure what the celery and carrots are for though...maybe just as a snack! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was sooo good and healthy too. you can't even tell that it's turkey item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really enjoyed the flavor. My husband prefers the regular sloppy joes but it has been hard to get him to enjoy less fattening dishes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These Sloppy Joes were an absolute hit with everybody that has ate them both times I have made them. They are very full of flavor and easy to make. I will never use canned again. Hum-hum-good!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Turkey Sloppy Joes turned out great. It was just as easy as it looked on TV. It turned out to taste very similar to the seasoning packet. Wasn't spicy enough for my boyfriend, but, then again, most things I can eat are. Overall, Tasty and Easy item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter and I cooked this together. My daughter and I both loved it but my husband felt that it wasn't sausy enough (he also prefers chopped meat). He did have seconds.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really liked these but my daughter was not crazy about them. She said she likes the canned stuffed better. I really liked the flavor, sweet but peppery. The mixture came together easily and was slightly less sloppy compared to the canned stuff. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 3 toddlers loved the meat! It tastes like the season packet of sloppy joes. The only thing I would suggest is to drain the meat/onion/pepper mixture before adding the sauce...unless you want it to be runny. Great taste- so easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe!Taste great and super easy! Everyone was VERY happy! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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