Homemade turkey sloppy joes are a delicious and hearty meal that’s a family favorite. You can still enjoy sloppy joes even if you are gluten free by serving them over rice or gluten free pasta.
This recipe for sloppy joes was first published as part of my series, 31 Days of Comfort Food in 2013. This is a classic recipe, and one that I make often.
I suppose that everyone has some version of sloppy joes in their family. This one is a recipe that I’ve been eating since I was little – my grandma’s sloppy joes. My mom started making them with ground turkey years ago, and that’s how I usually do it now as well, but it is also really delicious with grass-fed ground beef if you prefer.
Tastes probably vary with regard to the amount of sweet vs. tangy flavor in the sauce. You can reduce or increase the amounts of sugar and vinegar to your liking. We really love the addition of red peppers to our sloppy joes as well…I know some people like celery in there, too. That’s what’s nice about a dish like this, there are so many variations, and you really can’t go wrong.
How to serve turkey sloppy joes and keep the recipe gluten free:
Sometimes we make extra sautéed onions and peppers and pile them on top. I like to serve sloppy joes on gluten free buns, bread, or rice, it just depends what we have on hand. You could even scoop the turkey mixture up with tortilla chips if you like. It’s pretty easy to keep this recipe gluten free.
What side dishes go with sloppy joes?
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Homemade Turkey Sloppy Joes.
Tasty and tangy, these ground turkey sloppy joes are delicious on buns, pasta, or rice. This is a family friendly recipe that's free of gluten and dairy.
Once turkey is cooked through, add ketchup, mustard, sugar, water, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
Heat through until bubbling, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, allowing the sauce to thicken and the flavors to blend for about 30 minutes.
Serve on gluten free buns, bread, pasta, or rice. Top with fresh tomatoes, pickles, red onion, or your choice of cheese or dairy free cheese.
Leftovers should stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 4 days.
You can freeze leftovers as well in a freezer safe container. They should stay fresh for about 3 months.
Nutrition facts are for sloppy joe mixture only, and do not include bread or rice.
This recipe for ground turkey sloppy joes is:
- hearty and tasty
- perfect for cold weather
- gluten free and dairy free
- a crowd pleasing recipe!
This post was originally published in October 2013. It has been updated with new photos.