Rose Mary's Homemade Sloppy Joes

Rose Mary Mogan


I had never made SLOPPY JOES from SCRATCH UNTIL TODAYS DINNER. As a kid I had never had them because my Mama never made them, so it never occurred to me that I could create my own totally from scratch without the help of the canned stuff.This homemade version is much better. The original recipe for this came from the HEINZ KETCHUP BOTTLE, as I was about to throw it away. I knew it would be good because HEINZ IS MY FAVORITE KETCHUP, I ALWAYS USE IT. MY VERSION IS A DOUBLE RECIPE, BECAUSE I SHARED W/MY NEIGHBORS.

It is thick & rich. I added a few additional ingredients & it was so tasty.


★★★★★ 1 vote

8 or less depending on portion size
15 Min
35 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil ( i used organic coconut)
  • 2 medium
    onions, chopped
  • 2 medium
    jalapeno peppers seeded(chopped) my addition
  • 1 large
    green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 1/2 lb
    lean ground turkey (original recipe used beef)
  • 3 c
    heinz ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp
    each salt & pepper (i omitted these)
  • 1 can(s)
    diced tomatoes drained (my addition)
  • 4 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
    heinz worcestershire sauce ( i used louisiana brand)
  • 8
    hamburger buns or more (i used 10 with meat left over)

How to Make Rose Mary's Homemade Sloppy Joes


  1. I doubled this recipe, and the directions stated you should get 8 sandwiches from 1 pound of ground beef, NOT IN MY HOUSE. I USED 93% LEAN GROUND TURKEY INSTEAD OF GROUND BEEF. I used 2 1/2 pounds. THIS IS MY VERSION OF THE RECIPE FOUND ON THE HEINZ BOTTLE. From now own I will be looking for the recipes on the back of the Ketchup bottles. This one was awesome.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat, Add the chopped onions and peppers and sauté about 5 minutes.
  3. Then add the Ground Turkey, & cook until it is browned and no pink remains. Drain any excess liquid through a strainer or colander. Then add the meat back into the pan.
  4. Measure catsup into a 4 cup measure, then add the Worcestershire sauce and Brown sugar, stir to blend, then pour into skillet, add diced drained tomatoes and turn heat to medium low, stir to blend ketchup mixture with meat mixture, and continue to cook, add salt and pepper if desired. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, and allow to continue to cook for at least 10 to 15 minutes, and mixture has thickened.
  5. Serve on Sandwich buns as desired, toasted or untoasted, with additional condiments if desired.
  6. This is what we had left from the original 2 1/2 pounds of ground turkey.

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About Rose Mary's Homemade Sloppy Joes

Course/Dish: Turkey
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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