Skillet Turkey Sloppy Joes | Mostly Homemade Mom

Skillet Turkey Sloppy Joes

March 16, 2016

A classic weeknight dinner with turkey, green peppers, and onions in a tangy tomato sauce. Perfect on crusty rolls with a side of macaroni & cheese and green salad - supper is served!

Growing up, sloppy joes with Kraft Macaroni & Cheese was a staple meal around our house. And you absolutely would not hear a hint of complaining from my brother, sister, and I - it was definitely one of our favorite dinners! By far, it's one of the dinners I most remember, and most loved, from my childhood.

I know sloppy joes are a typical "lunch lady" special at school and I recall being a bit jealous of the kids that ate school lunch on those days. They sure made my baloney sandwich and apple (that never was eaten) look unappetizing! Between that and the deep dish school lunch pizza, I was definitely disgruntled that my mom would never let me get lunch at school. Now that Silas is in 1st grade, I understand why - it's WAY cheaper to make lunch at home! Sorry, Mom!

This better-for-you turkey version of sloppy joes is my new favorite dinner to prepare for my family. The ingredients, along with a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, will be basic pantry staples for me that way I'm able to fix dinner for us in a small amount of time. Total Mommy win!

Skillet Turkey Sloppy Joes

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced small
  • 1 onion, diced small
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 (1.3 oz) packets sloppy joe seasoning mix
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 8 crusty rolls
Cooking Directions
  1. Brown ground turkey in deep skillet, drain, and return to pan. Stir in green pepper and onion and saute over medium high heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, seasoning mix, and brown sugar. Continue to cook on medium high heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce to low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes or until peppers are tender. Serve on rolls.

These sandwiches make the perfect, family friendly dinner!

As far as our typical side dishes are concerned, I usually serve some kind of a veggie along with Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. I feel like I should buy stock in that stuff - ha! I honestly was surprised that I didn't notice they changed the ingredients on me... for the better! There are now no artificial flavors, preservatives or dyes and you absolutely cannot tell the difference at all - same great look and taste. 

Apparently Kraft made the ingredients change in December 2015 and I would bet we're probably not the only family that didn't notice the changes! Where the old artificial dyes, yellow 5 and 6, made that great color, they now use paprika, turmeric, and annatto. No artificial ingredients at all in the recipe now - yay!

Be sure to share your own #didntnotice story on Twitter or on the Kraft Mac & Cheese Facebook page for a chance at thousands of thank-you gifts from Kraft!

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