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Cuban Sloppy Joes

Cuban inspired Turkey Sloppy Joes - A Cuban twist on an American classic comfort sandwich meal. These turkey sloppy joes are full of flavor and personality thanks to a kicked up spicy ketchup!
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 1281kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pound  ground turkey
  • cloves  garlic  minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 2 cups Cuban Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • tablespoons  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • Hamburger buns
  • Sliced pickles


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil.
  • Add ground turkey and brown. Use a wooden spoon to break up the turkey into smaller pieces. Remove turkey and drain in a bowl lined with paper towels.
  • Wipe the skillet, bring back to medium-low heat, add some more oil and saute the garlic, onions, and peppers for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the browned ground turkey back to the skillet and mix well with the vegetables.
  • Add ketchup, water, and Worcestershire sauce to ground turkey mix, stir, and simmer 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve on hamburger buns or rolls with sliced pickles on top.


  • Toast your buns before topping them with sloppy Joe mix, otherwise, those buns will get soggy real quick.
  • It’s called a sloppy joe, so don’t cook so long and at too high a temperature that you over cook and dry out the sauce. If not you’ll end up with an adjective that don’t work as good as “sloppy” - clean joe, neat joe, fancy joe!
  • Use your imagination for bun selection or don’t! I do highly recommend a birch bun if you have easy access
  • For crockpot sloppy joes be sure to brown the meat first
  • Brown the meat on high heat for more texture. At high heat levels you get more of that crust!


Calories: 1281kcal | Carbohydrates: 151g | Protein: 116g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 249mg | Sodium: 7213mg | Potassium: 3498mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 117g | Vitamin A: 6302IU | Vitamin C: 184mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 8mg
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