Apple-Tarragon Turkey Sloppy Joes


A more wholesome version of the ever-popular sloppy joe using ground turkey instead of ground beef. You'll get sweetness from the apples, a subtle hint of anise from the tarragon, and a burst of aromatic flavor from the cloves. Be adventuresome, step outside the box, and give it a try! Serve on butter-toasted hamburger buns.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • ¾ cup chopped onion

  • ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper

  • ½ cup diced peeled Granny Smith apple

  • 1 ¼ cups ketchup

  • cup water, or more as needed

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon leaves

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Place ground turkey, onion, bell pepper, and apple into a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until turkey is browned and crumbly, 7 to 9 minutes.

  2. Stir ketchup, water, Dijon mustard, cider vinegar, sugar, tarragon, salt, and cloves into the skillet. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, adding a little more water if mixture gets a bit thick.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

184 Calories
6g Fat
18g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 184
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 921mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 34mg 171%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 419mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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