turkey sloppy joes on a plate

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!
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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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!
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