Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes

Messy, sweet, and oh so delicious, Sloppy Joes are a favorite of both children and parents, alike. This Turkey Sloppy Joe’s recipe is made with only 100% clean ingredients and won’t do the damage to your waistline like traditional recipes, but we haven’t sacrificed taste a bit. Enjoy Turkey Sloppy Joes for lunch or dinner, and the whole family will have something to smile about.

This slow cooker recipe is convenient to make and can be heated up later for lunch. It is possibly our most popular slow cooker turkey dish because it is so easy to make and it tastes delicious.

Try our Turkey Sloppy Joes with a side of Superfood Salad.

Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes

Yields: 4-6 Servings | Serving size: 1 Cup (bun not included) | Calories: 167 | Fat: 4 g | Carbohydrates: 14 g | Sugars: 8 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sodium: 387 mg | Protein: 23 g | SmartPoints: 4 |


  • 1 pound (454 grams) ground turkey breast (raw)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup natural ketchup
  • 1 (8 ounce) can no-salt added tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce
  • 1-2 packets Stevia (optional, if you want to make it on the sweeter side)


Mist a skillet with oil and brown raw turkey, onions and green pepper over medium heat. (You could skip this step, but you will get a better flavor.)

Place turkey meat, onions & green pepper in the slow cooker. Add all the other ingredients and mix well.

Cover and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours or HIGH for 2-3 hours. If you don't brown the meat first, then cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.

Serve with a whole grain bun, toasted.

Recipe contributed by Kristine Fretwell from Busy But Healthy.

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29 Comments on "Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes"

  1. Ashleigh  January 26, 2012

    Can't wait for this recipe to come together! I am making it now and realize I forgot to buy all the ingredients but the turkey, green pepper and onion! Hence – I forgot all the seasonings and buns! Will report back when it comes together! 🙂

    • Skinny Ms.  January 26, 2012

      Ashleigh – Fantastic! Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Crystal  January 29, 2012

    Which kind of onion – yellow or white? I couldn't bring up or see the acceptable worcestershire sauces so I bought Lea & Perrins. What kinds are acceptable?

    • Linden  May 3, 2015

      Unbelievably, Lea & Perrins has high fructose corn syrup. French's does not, and is inexpensive. So, go with French's Worcestershire sauce!

  3. Sandy  April 26, 2012

    Just wanted to let you know that these were THE BEST sloppy joe's we've ever had!  I have been dying to make my own "Manwich" sauce and didn't think it would be possible, but let me tell you, this blew away Manwich!  I made my own ketchup & BBQ sauce (Gracious Pantry recipes) and just added them as the recipe called for.  I also made it all in the skillet since I didn't have time to wait for the slow cooker, and they were amazing!  I cannot wait to make these again!!!  Thanks again so much!  Your recipes make eating clean so easy!    

    • skinnyms  April 26, 2012

      Sandy, That's what we like to hear. So glad you enjoyed the recipe!!! 🙂

  4. Crystal_lightbody  June 9, 2012

    Where do you find natural katup?

    • Skinny Ms.  June 10, 2012

      Crystal, Just emailed you the link to our recipe. Thanks!

  5. Kellyspahn  June 28, 2012

    Yum! Just tried this recipe tonight and it was a hit with me, my kids, and my neighbor's kids. So easy to throw together, this will become a regular on my recipe rotation! 🙂

    • Skinny Ms.  June 30, 2012

      Kelly, Great!!! We're so happy the kids enjoy. Thanks for keeping us posted! 🙂

  6. Lynncsmith2  July 16, 2012

    Sounds yummy & has great reviews. We love slopy joes!!

  7. Crystal_Lightbody  July 29, 2012

    so i am in the process of cooking this tonight and well, i have a dutch oven and didn't want to cook in a slower i think it is truning out well (well smells good ) and i am pairing it with baked sweet potatoes fries…. all new items i haven't cook so,  i hppe they both turn out well…. 😀

  8. Erica  July 31, 2012

    wondering if you'd advise freezing.  I'd love to make a double batch and freeze 1/2

    • Skinny Ms.  July 31, 2012

      Erica, I think freezing this after being completely cool would be fine…up to a few weeks anyway.

  9. Smashingly_4  August 6, 2012

    what kink of worchester should i use?

  10. Gail  October 5, 2012

    could you send me the link for the natural ketchup

  11. bariatricbeginnings  February 17, 2013

    I've been looking for a turkey sloppy joes recipe and this sounds perfect and not too high in sugar, thank you!

  12. SusieQ  February 17, 2013

    I don't care for green peppers, so I left that out. And I didn't have a can of tomato paste on hand, so I used a half jar of Prego Veggie Smart smooth spaghetti sauce. I will definitely be making this again. I only made a half batch for myself, but can't wait for my extended family to try this recipe.

  13. Meribeth  October 17, 2013

    This was sssooo yummy! The only thing I would change the next time I make it will be to use an 8oz can of tomato sauce, instead of 15oz… It was a bit to liquid based (not firm enough to load on a hamburger bun for a sandwich) so I toasted a bun and had it as an open faced sloppy joe. It was fantastic!!

  14. LIz  October 20, 2013

    I LOVE this recipe! It is so delicious! Even my husband asks me to make it and he doesn't even like sloppy joes 😉 I will never buy that nasty canned stuff again!

    • Skinny Ms.  October 21, 2013

      Liz, Thanks so much for letting us know. 🙂

  15. shannon  May 6, 2014

    This was AMAZING!!! And my husband Loved it! It is so good in fact that the 1lb of turkey is just barely enough for two people. I'll double the recipe for sure next time!!

  16. Penny  February 1, 2016

    Hi! I am excited to try this tomorrow. I was reviewing the comments and there are a lot of questions about Worcestershire sauce but, I don’t see it in the recipe. Am I missing something? Thanks!

    • Gale Compton  February 1, 2016

      Penny, That may have been an older recipe. This one doesn’t have Worcestershire Sauce.

      • Penny  February 2, 2016

        Thank you!

  17. Chassidy  August 21, 2016

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was very good!Definitely beats the canned stuff.Will be making this again!

    • Gale Compton  August 22, 2016


      YAH!!! Thanks so much for letting us know. 🙂


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