One of our go-to recipes for easy meal prep, these sloppy joes are made with ground turkey and an easy sauce. We like to call them sloppy janes and serve them in buns or over baked potatoes with the optional slaw. 

Prep: 10 mins.Cook: 20 mins.Total: 30 mins.
Servings: 6 servings (4 cups meat) 1x


For the Sloppy Joes:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey or chicken  
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced small (¾ cup) 
  • 1 small bell pepper, any color, diced small (¾ cup) 
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced small (½ cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • ¾ cup low-sodium beef or chicken broth (may sub water) 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or 1 tablespoon soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon or yellow mustard 
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar) 
  • ½1 teaspoon fine salt 
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the Optional Slaw:

  • 2 cups shredded coleslaw mix
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure honey
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional for serving: brioche buns, sliced red onion, sliced pickles 


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the ground turkey, onions, bell pepper, carrots, and garlic.
  2. Break up the turkey and cook for about 10 minutes or until the turkey is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. 
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the tomato paste, broth, coconut aminos, dijon, vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir or whisk until smooth. 
  4. Pour the sloppy joes sauce into the skillet and stir until combined. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened. Notes: sauce will thicken even more as it cools. 
  5. Serve in a bun, or however you would like, and top with your favorite sloppy joe toppings like pickles, red onion (or pickled onions), banana peppers, slaw, or jalapeno slices.

For the optional slaw: 

  1. In a medium bowl, add the coleslaw, mayo, apple cider vinegar, honey, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine well. 

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 2/3 cup turkey mixture (without slaw or bun)
  • Calories: 188
  • Fat: 8 g
  • (Sat Fat: 2 g)
  • Sodium: 438 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 12 g
  • (Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 7 g)
  • Protein: 16 g
  • Cholesterol: 56 mg


© The Real Food Dietitians
Recipe By: Jessica Beacom