Momma's Sloppy Joes

Momma's Sloppy Joes

75 Reviews 5 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    40 m
  • Ready In

    55 m
Recipe by  LESLIE34

“My mom has been making this basic sloppy joe recipe for so long that when I asked her how she made them, she had to make a batch to be sure of the measurements. These are no fancy joes - nothing but lots of sloppy, zesty mess! Beef may be used instead of turkey. Perfect for potluck or game day. Serve on your favorite buns.”

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  1. Place the turkey in a large skillet over medium heat, cook until evenly brown, and drain.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix the ketchup, sugar, vinegar, and mustard. Mix in the turkey. Cook, stirring often, 30 minutes.

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This was a good recipe. I added chopped onion,red bell pepper and garlic to the turkey while browning. Instead of white sugar,I used brown.A little less ketchup,was replaced with BBQ and worchestershire sauce and a few grinds of black pepper .This was quick and super easy.I'll make this again,for sure!



Family loved it! Easy to make, too! I changed a few things: 1) I used 1 tbsp Splenda 2) I used apple cider vinegar, 3) While browning meat, I added 2 tsp minced garlic & 1/2 of a chopped onion.

Jeannette H.

Jeannette H.

FANTASTIC!!!! Best sloppy joes recipe yet! Love using the turkey for fat and calorie savings. My kids loved them and I have a daughter that is terribly picky! I also used apple cider vinegar, onion powder and garlic powder and omitted the sugar. There was plenty of tange and sweetness in the Heinz ketchup that sugar was not needed. This will be a regular supper at my house!!!

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 170 cal
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 6 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs
  • 14.5 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 15.9 g
  • 32%
  • Cholesterol
  • 56 mg
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 547 mg
  • 22%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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