Easy 20-Minute Turkey and Bacon Sloppy Joe’s Recipe with Hidden Vegetables

Quick, Easy and Delicious – A Kid Favorite That You’ll Love Too! 

This is a recipe that came about because I ran out of ground beef one day at school!  As I was getting used to the flow of things at my new school, and how much food the kids actually eat, I didn’t actually run out of ground beef, I just didn’t have enough ground beef to feed all the kids.  So, while taking a look through my fridge, I found some ground turkey, and some turkey bacon, and I am sure glad I did!  I think the kids actually like these Sloppy Joe’s better than the original!


Like the other recipes with ground meat I make for the kids, I sneak in some pureed veggies to these sloppy joe’s.  If you don’t have the veggies, or don’t want to add them, just skip that step in the recipe below!


1 lb ground turkey
1, 12 oz pkg turkey bacon (or pork bacon if you prefer)
1, 10oz can tomato soup
1/3 cup bbq sauce
½ yellow onion
½ zucchini
½ green pepper
2 stalks celery
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika

hamburger buns, for serving


In a food processor, puree onion, zucchini, green pepper and celery until smooth.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil and heat until shimmering.

Add bacon to pan and cook until crispy.  Remove bacon, and set aside on a paper towel.  Add pureed vegetables to pan and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly, until most of the liquid has cooked out.

Add ground turkey to pan with veggies, season with salt, pepper and paprika, and using a wooden spoon to break up the meat, stir to combine with veggies.  Cook, until beef is cooked through – about 8 minutes.

Add bbq sauce and tomato soup to meat and vegetables and stir to combine.  Cook for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand a minute.

Add a big scoop of sloppy joe mixture to a hamburger bun and enjoy.


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