Turkey Sloppy Joe’s – Slow Cooking Thursday

by angelaskitchen on January 29, 2009

The recipe is one that I have have here, however, sometimes the slow cooker is a better option for me.  If I am making it for the slow cooker, I always double or triple the recipe that way it doesn’t over cook in the crock and also because I have a ton of people eating at my house!

You can also make this ahead to freeze.  After you cook and cook the turkey, onions and carrots, cool mixture and put into a large freezer bag.  Dump rest of ingredients into bag.   Mix ingredients around in bag, remove as much air as possible, seal and label bag then freeze.  When you are ready to cook, thaw the contents of the bag, dump in your crock and follow cooking instructions below.  How simple is that?


Head over to Sandra’s for Slow Cooking Thursday and see what is in everyone else’s slow cooker!

Click here to see my favorite ode to lunch ladies and sloppy joes everywhere!

Printable recipe card for multiple batches of Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe’s for the freezer.

Printable freezer labels for Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joe’s

Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joe's
Recipe type: gluten free, dairy free, gfcf, chicken & turkey, slow cooker, main, dinner
Serves: 8
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium onion, minced
  • 4 carrots, finely minced
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup gluten free ketchup, fruit juice sweetened preferred
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons gluten free yellow mustard
  • pinch of salt, optional
  • pinch of ground pepper
  1. Heat oil in skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Sauté onion and carrots until onion is translucent, then add ground turkey. Using a heat safe spatula, break up meat in skillet until turkey is completely cooked about 5 more minutes. Transfer to crock and add rest of the ingredients. Mix well, cover then cook on low for 6 to 7 hours until flavors are combined and vegetables are softened. I check about ½ hour before eating and see if the sloppy joes look too “juicy”. If they are, I remove the lid of the crock and cook on high, stirring periodically until the right consistency is reached.
  2. To freeze: Heat oil in skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Using a heat safe spatula, break up meat in skillet until turkey is completely cooked. Put all ingredients including cooked ground turkey into a freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible, seal, label and freeze.
  3. To serve: Thaw. Put contents of bag into slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Alisa from Go Dairy Free January 30, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I just bought a slow cooker this winter and need some recipes to make in it, so this is great! I always have ground turkey on hand, and will check out the round-up. Thanks!


Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva January 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I have actually never tried sloppy joes with the kids yet…seems like it would be a shoe-in!! i’ll try this, thanks for the idea! I started an blog hop with four other food allergy bloggers, hope you can come over and post one of your many great recipes! We launched tonight…



Melisa May 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Have you ever tried putting it in the crockpot frozen and cooking all day, since everything in it is already cooked? That way it wouldn’t overcook and it would be faster, too. I haven’t tried it. Do you think it would the thawed and warm after 8 hours?


angelaskitchen May 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Yes, I have done that, actually. Short cuts for the busy mom, you know… 🙂 I cooked it on low and cooked and heated through.


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