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Sloppy Joe in a bunSloppy Joes!

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Almost everyone remembers Sloppy Joe's from childhood!

Here's how to make this popular comfort food so it tastes great and is very healthy, too!

 Using ground turkey, you can make fantastic tasting Sloppy Joes that fits with most diets. It freezes very well!

Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: about 8 buns per 2 lb of meath

Easy to make!


Per 2 lbs (or per 1 kg) of meat:

  • 1 medium sweet onion,
    finely diced
  • 1 teaspoons extra virgin olive oilBrown the meat  
    (or the oil of your choice)
  • 2 lbs ground turkey,
    or ground chicken and/or ground beef
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 six-ounce can of tomato paste
  • 1/8 cup vinegar,
    either apple cider, red wine or plain white, as you prefer
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground dry mustard
  • 1/8 cup sugar, stevia, splenda, agave or other sweetener.
    Taste before you add it, you may find the tomato sauce adds enough natural sweetness.



  • Cutting board, knife,
  • Spatulas, large spoons, measuring spoons/cups
  • 1 large cooking potBrowning the meat



Step 1 - Brown the ground turkey, chicken or beef

Put 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large non-stick pot.

Heat over medium-high heat, and before the oil starts to smoke or burn, add the meat

Brown the meat until there is no pink remaining. This will take about 10 minutes.


Step 2 - Dice the onion and add it to the meat

While it is browning, dice the onions

and you can either brown them separately or in with the meat.

Stir the meat about every minute.


Step 3 - Drain the fat from the meat/onionsBrowned meat

Drain the liquids from the browned meat and onions.

Then add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and seasoning.

Step 4 - Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste and other ingredients

Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and seasoning. Stir!

Step 5 – Simmer for 15 minutes

That's all just simmer over low heat to mix the flavors. You can taste it and tweak it as it cooks!

It will be searing hot.

Don't even think of eating it yet.

Let it rest on the counter for 5 minutes.

Plus, the 5 minutes helps it to firm up!Making the meat sauce


Step 6 – Server on warm buns

Whatever type of buns you prefer; whole wheat, white, gluten -free, just warm them a bit and add the meat!