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Monster Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Kelsey Nixon
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


A spooky taste on a family favorite! Ground turkey is the base for this sloppy joe recipe and made EXTRA delicious with a sweet and tangy sauce. Have fun playing with your food as you add mozzarella ball eyes and provolone teeth!


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 14 ounces tomato puree
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 potato rolls, lightly toasted

For eyes: Mozzarella balls (bocconcini) and sliced olives

For teeth: Sliced provolone cheese


  1. In a large skillet, add the olive oil and ground turkey, sprinkle with the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper and cook, breaking up with the back of a wooden spoon, until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, bell peppers and onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens up, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Serve warm on toasted potato rolls. Adorn with monster details, if desired.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes

Keywords: skillet, sloppy joes