Recipe by: Lorraine Graybill
Source: Family Recipe
Serves: 6

This recipe is something we tweaked a few times to make a healthier version we liked.

This keeps well in a crockpot on low so that it stays hot and ready-to-eat. My boys also love it served over macaroni noodles, for a healthier version of “chili mac.”


  • 1 ¼ lb (~600 g) ground, skinless turkey
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup ketchup (we prefer Heinz)
  • 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Buns, split


  • In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium high heat.
  • Saute the onions, green peppers, celery and garlic until softened.
  • Stir in the cumin and chili powder, until the vegetables are coated. Stir in the ground turkey, breaking the meat apart, and cook until the meat is about halfway cooked.
  • Add the ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce, and cook until the sauce is slightly thickened and turkey is cooked through.
  • Toast buns and top with the hamburger mixture.

Download PDF version here: American Turkey BBQ Sloppy Joes Lorraine Graybill