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Sloppy Joes

Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 20 mins
Total time 40 mins
Yield Serves 8
Sloppy Joes are an American classic. Our version uses ground turkey mixed with red and refried beans for added bulk. This saucy sandwich gets extra zip from chile sauce and a jalapeno pepper.


  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces extra lean ground turkey breast
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 10.5-oz can small red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fat-free refried beans
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 whole-wheat hamburger buns

Nutrition Information

  • calories 349
  • fat 7 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • protein 17 g
  • carbohydrate 58 g
  • fiber 7 g
  • cholesterol 20 mg
  • sodium 1013 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a bowl, mix chili sauce, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 cup water. In a nonstick skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add turkey, onion and jalapeño; cook, stirring and breaking up meat, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; sauté for 1 minute.

  2. Sprinkle flour on top and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add ketchup mixture and tomatoes, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes, stirring. Add red and refried beans; cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Split and toast hamburger buns. Divide mixture among buns and serve immediately.