Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes Recipe

crockpot sloppy joe on a plate with chips and pickles by it

Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes is a satisfying weeknight or weekend dinner that will please the whole family. A turkey sloppy joe recipe that is so simple to make.

turkey sloppy joes stacked on top of each other

I love the slow cooker, it is the perfect way to prep your meal in the morning and come home to dinner. Try my Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli, 4 Ingredient White Bean Chili, or Mongolian Beef Crockpot Recipe.

Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes

This traditional sloppy joe dinner will be perfect to serve up with crisp veggies, salty chips, or any of your other favorite sides. Try this slow cooker sloppy joe recipe today.

sloppy joe mix with wooden spoon by it

How To Make Sloppy Joes In Slow Cooker

Step 1: You will want to add your turkey to a pan on the stove and cook it until it is cooked through. A few minutes in to cooking I toss in my diced onions to saute with the meat.

sloppy joe homemade

Step 2: In your Slow Cooker you will add your tomato sauce, paste, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, and liquid smoke.

Step 3: Add in your cooked turkey and onions. Give it a good stir, cover and then cook according to the printable recipe card below!

Step 4: Once your done cooking, serve and enjoy.

sloppy joe on a plate with chips by it

How To Serve

  • Serve on a bun, we did whole wheat for a healthier alternative
  • Top crispy fries like a loaded fry
  • Pile sloppy joe on chips for nachos
  • Etc

Eat these however you would like with your favorite sides. Cucumber salad, chips, pickles, all would be great to pair.

Why Do They Call It Sloppy Joe

Sloppy joes are such a traditional dinner. They are a sloppy sandwhich that tends to require a napkin in hand.

Sloppy joes got its name years ago, it was an alternative to a loose meat burger. It was a twist on a classic sandwich and the rest is history on this satisfying burger.

Crockpot Sloppy Joes Smoked Barbecue

Crockpot Turkey Sloppy Joes

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Here is an Easy Crockpot Turkey Sloppy Joes Recipe for you to try with your family! Made with turkey, it's a little twist on a traditional beef sloppy joe!


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 15 oz. no salt added tomato sauce
  • 3 oz. tomato paste (half a small can)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid smoke, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 6 sandwich rolls (I like whole wheat)
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar


  1. In a large skillet add oil and heat over medium-high heat for 30 seconds.
  2. Add onions and stir, and then place ground turkey on top of onions.
  3. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove cover, using a spatula, break up the ground turkey to small pieces, stirring as you go.
  5. Cover and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from heat, drain off grease/fat, set aside.
  7. In the bowl of a slow cooker, add tomato sauce, tomato paste, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, 1⁄2 Tbsp liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, and pepper.
  8. Whisk together completely.
  9. Add turkey mixture to the slow cooker, stir to combine, cover.
  10. Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours.
  11. Stir in the remaining 1⁄2 Tbsp liquid smoke.
  12. Place 1/6 of the mixture on each sandwich roll and serve immediately (no one likes a soggy sloppy Joe!)


Side Dish Suggestions: Corn on the Cob or Chips (if you need a quick no bake side).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 393Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 481mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 27g

Can I Make This Recipe With Ground Beef

Absolutely! You are more than welcome to use ground beef or even ground chicken to replace the ground turkey.

It will taste just as good with a mild alternate flavor. Give it a try with whatever meat you have on hand.

Storing Leftovers

Store your leftover sloppy joe in the fridge. Then when you are ready reheat in the microwave or even on the stovetop.

Your sloppy joe mixture will store for 2-3 days in the fridge when stored properly.

Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes

What is your favorite way to serve up slow cooker sloppy joes?

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