Skinny Sloppy Joes

by Jen on June 12, 2012

When I think of Sloppy Joes, I think of an American classic.

A big, fresh bun topped with saucy meat.  They aren’t the most delicate meal you can eat, but they sure are good.  But sometimes, your classic Sloppy Joe can be loaded with extra fat and calories.  So, I’ve redone this classic favorite and made it much healthier and easier on your waistline.


Some of the ways in which I made this meal healthy:

  • used lean ground turkey in place of ground beef
  • added a bunch of chopped veggies to replace some of the meat
  • used a whole grain bun instead of a white bun


Can you believe all of these veggies are in this Skinny Sloppy Joe?!  But trust me when I say you don’t even notice.  My kids are the first to notice “hidden” veggies in food.  However, this is one meal where they eat the entire thing without one complaint.


Skinny Sloppy Joes


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: serves 6

Serving Size: 1 Skinny Sloppy Joe



Recipe adapted from Lonneyspoons


  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey (or chicken)
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 whole wheat buns


  1. Spray a large skillet with olive oil. Add ground turkey, onions, garlic, celery, and carrot. Cook over medium-high heat until turkey is cooked through. Break up any large chunks with your spoon.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes, until mixture has thickened.
  3. Spoon mixture over bottom half of bun, cover with top half, and enjoy!

The ketchup and brown sugar add a touch of sweetness to this Skinny Sloppy Joe.  If you wanted to add some spiciness to this, then I recommend adding a chopped jalapeño pepper to the mix.

This meal feeds 6 very hungry people, so be prepared for leftovers (unless of course you are feeding 6 very hungry people!)  I usually have a little leftover, so I like to make a pita pizza for my lunch with the leftover Sloppy Joe filling.

I highly recommend serving this Skinny Sloppy Joe with a side salad and a cold light beer to drink.  The ultimate summer meal!


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