Turkey Sloppy Joes are a lightened up version of the original, made completely from scratch, and are a family favorite dinner! Make a double batch and freeze the leftovers for later, for an even easier weeknight dinner.
Sloppy Joes are one of those meals that makes me think of a family around the dinner table, with everyone happy. Mom is happy because the kids are eating dinner. The kids are happy because mom made them something they like. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had the Manwich Sloppy Joes, but I do know I don’t plan on making that version of Sloppy Joes anytime soon. Especially when they are as easy as this Turkey Sloppy Joes recipe – homemade is just better!
As mentioned, this recipe is super simple. Start by browning the ground turkey and the onion in some olive oil. I use this tool to make cooking ground meat so much easier! Once the turkey is cooked through and the onions are softened, add the garlic and cook another minute. Next, add the remaining ingredients – ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar, worcestershire, and yellow mustard, and season with salt and pepper. Let the mixture come to a simmer and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Finally, serve it on buns! See I told you – so easy!!
I love making a double batch of this recipe and freezing the second half/leftovers. Simply let the mixture cool and then portion into freezer bags. If you have a smaller family, you can probably get a couple of servings out of each batch. Freeze the bags flat. I like to put them on a plate in the freezer and then remove the plate once they’ve frozen flat. To reheat, it’s best to thaw the bag in the refrigerator overnight prior to heating. You can either reheat it on the stovetop, or put it in the slow cooker for a few hours on low heat. It doesn’t need to be cooked, just warmed up.