Tiny New York Kitchen: Sloppy Joes

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By Victoria Hart Glavin of Tiny New York Kitchen

Try this healthier version of the iconic Sloppy Joe. They are great for weeknight dinners or weekend lunches. No one will know that you’ve used turkey instead of beef.


  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Cups Finely Chopped Onions
  • 3 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Dark Ground Turkey
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Spanish Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Carrots
  • 1 Teaspoon Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Cup Pureed Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 6 Warmed Hamburger Buns or Bread of Your Choice

Heat olive oil in large-size heavy sauté pan over a medium-high heat until oil starts to shimmer. Add onions and cook for 4 minutes. Stir often. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.

Add ground turkey, spices, kosher salt, and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes, breaking meat into small crumbles with wooden spoon. Meat should no longer be pink.

Add carrots and cook for another 2 minutes. Sprinkle with brown sugar.

Toss and add ketchup, tomatoes, and water. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook at a simmer for 12 minutes.

Remove from heat and spoon Sloppy Joe mixture onto warmed hamburger buns or bread. Serve with oven fries and a green salad. Serves 6.


Victoria Hart Glavin has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a teenager. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France.

While living in France, Victoria studied French cooking from an expert Lyonnais chef. Victoria learned to love the local culture of preparing and enjoying fresh, seasonal foods. While in France, Victoria experienced the joys of shopping for local produce at the market and preparing fresh foods simply and beautifully in order to enhance the experience of the table. During her time in France, she says she “learned how to squeeze tomatoes at the local market” and “took everything in by osmosis.”

Currently, Victoria creates tasty treats in her tiny kitchen, in New York City, for all to enjoy and on weekends she explores Fairfield County where has a second home. Victoria has shared her recipes with others and now you can enjoy the Tiny New York Kitchen recipe collection, too!  Victoria is a member of Culinary Historians of New York and a member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society.