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.
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.
- Ground Turkey – 93% lean ground turkey will give you the best flavor and texture in this recipe. If you go with a leaner mix of ground turkey, the sloppy joes will be on the dry side.
- Ketchup and Mustard – Ketchup and mustard are two key ingredients that make up the flavorful sauce. If you are out of ketchup, you can use tomato sauce, but the flavor will be a little different. If you can’t have mustard due to an allergy, you can leave it out and add a bit more vinegar.
- Vinegar – I used apple cider vinegar, but I have used white vinegar as well, and it works just fine.
Gluten Free Serving Options
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.
You could also serve the meat mixture over a baked potato, and then top with extra sautéed onions and peppers.
Store leftovers in an airtight container. They should stay fresh for about 4 days.
You can freeze this if you like – just store in a freezer safe bag or container and the sloppy joe mixture should stay fresh in the freezer for about 3 months.
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Homemade Turkey Sloppy Joes.
- 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.
This post was originally published in October 2013. It has been updated with new photos.