This turkey sloppy joe is an easy one-pan meal that’s paleo, AIP, and can be made Whole30-friendly! It’s made with ground turkey and is free of refined sugar.

turkey sloppy joe in cast iron skillet

What is Turkey Sloppy Joe?

We all know sloppy joes! Sloppy Joe is an American classic usually made with ground beef, a sweet tomato/ketchup-based sauce, and usually served between two hamburger buns. Turkey is a more unconventional meat to use for a sloppy joe recipe, but just as delicious! I loved giving the classic Sloppy Joe recipe a fun and unique twist with this turkey version.

This turkey sloppy joe recipe is made with easy and cost-effective ground turkey, vegetables, and a healthy & delicious sloppy joe sauce! It’s made to be gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and free of artificial colors and refined sugar. It’s paleo, AIP, and can easily be made Whole30 as well!

Turkey Sloppy Joe Ingredients

  • Ground Turkey
  • Tomato Sauce: Use this Nomato sauce for AIP!
  • Coconut Aminos & Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Coconut Sugar: Omit for Whole30.
  • Avocado Oil: You can sub other oils like olive oil or coconut oil, if you prefer.
  • Onion, Carrot, Garlic & Mushrooms: You can always buy these vegetables pre-sliced to save time in the kitchen.
  • Salt & Black Pepper: Omit pepper for AIP.

turkey sloppy joe in sandwich bun with toothpick

How To Make Turkey Sloppy Joe

  • Make Sauce: Using a small bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, water, coconut aminos, and coconut sugar. Set aside
  • Cook Vegetables: Using a large skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and carrots to the skillet and saute for 4-5 minutes or until the onion is slightly translucent. Add the mushrooms saute for 3-4 more minutes or until the carrot and mushrooms are tender. Set aside.
  • Cook Turkey: Add the ground turkey to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon to finely crumble until fully browned.
  • Combine & Serve: Add the vegetables back to the skillet and stir to combine. Pour the sauce into the skillet and stir well to coat the vegetables and turkey in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a low simmer. Allow to simmer on low for 8-10 minutes. Serve with a baked sweet potato (or with a gluten-free bun if tolerated).

turkey sloppy joe in cast iron skillet

Can you make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes! This recipe stores well in the fridge for 3-4 days. Simply reheat it on the stovetop when ready to serve.

What do you serve with Turkey Sloppy Joe?

  • To keep it AIP/paleo, serve it stuffed in a baked sweet potato.
  • If tolerated, serve it with a gluten-free bun like Bread SRSLY. You can use my code UNBOUNDWELLNESS for free shipping on your first order! You can also use any other gluten-free bun of your choice!

turkey sloppy joe in between two bread slices with a toothpick in the middle

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Turkey Sloppy Joe (Paleo, AIP)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

This turkey sloppy joe is an easy one-pan meal that’s paleo, AIP, and can be made Whole30-friendly! It’s made with ground turkey and is free of refined sugar.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup nomato sauce for AIP/tomato sauce for non AIP
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar (omit for whole30)
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup carrot, diced
  • 1/2 cup baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)

Instructions

  1. Using a small bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, water, coconut aminos, and coconut sugar. Set aside.
  2. Using a large skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, and carrots to the skillet and saute for 4-5 minutes or until the onion is slightly translucent. Add the mushrooms saute for 3-4 more minutes or until the carrot and mushrooms are tender. Set aside.
  4. Add the ground turkey to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon to finely crumble until fully browned. Add the vegetables back to the skillet and stir to combine.
  5. Pour the sauce into the skillet and stir well to coat the vegetables and turkey in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a low simmer. Allow to simmer on low for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Serve with a baked sweet potato (or with a gluten-free bun if tolerated).

Notes

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 272
  • Fat: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.6g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 23.8g