Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole is an easy and healthy meal made in one skillet! Ready in 30 minutes and is super flavorful! 

Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole

Sloppy Joes were a staple in my childhood years. 

We had them for dinner at home or for lunch at school. 

Something about ground beef tossed with tomatoes and spices, piled-high on a hamburger bun just makes life taste so good!

Well, today’s recipe is a twist on the classic sloppy joe! 

This Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole is not to be missed. All the usual suspects are in this one-skillet dish with a surprise. I decided to add cauliflower rice to the mixture to sneak in some veggies for yours truly and my crazy toddler. 

You can certainly omit the veggies, but I promise with all the flavor and spice in the turkey mixture you will never know it’s there! 

Curious, did you grow up eating sloppy joes? 

Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole

What’s in this Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole? 

Nothing screams comfort food like a cheesy casserole. Like I mentioned above we grew up eating casseroles a lot living in the Midwest. I love this twist on the classic sloppy joe because it gives this mama a chance to sneak in veggies. It still tastes like the tried and true sloppy joe, just extra cheesy.

For this recipe you will need:

  • Ground turkey
  • Green pepper
  • Yellow onion
  • Carrot
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Pasta
  • Dry mustard
  • Garlic
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Cheddar cheese
ingredients to make Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole

Tips for Making this Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole:

  1. Ground turkey. I like to mix up my protein options. A classic sloppy joe is made with ground beef, but I’m keeping things light by using ground turkey instead. You could also use ground pork, chicken, or a plant-based protein. 
  2. Cauliflower rice. If you are using cauliflower rice, purchase the frozen kind from the grocery store. Such a breeze to make and is far easier than making from scratch. Also, if you want to swap out for a different kind of veggie you can certainly do that too! 
  3. Pasta. If you want to keep things low-carb you can certainly omit the pasta. BUT! If you want the pasta you can use any kind you like. I would keep the pasta small to ensure everything fits in the skillet. 
ingredients of Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole cooking in a skillet

Frequently Asked Questions: 

How far in advance can I make this Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole? 

This casserole can be made a few days in advance. Honestly, it gets better the longer it sets in the fridge so it’s the ideal dish for meal prepping! 

Can I freeze this Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole? 

Yes! You would simply make the recipe as is, but make sure to cool prior to adding it to a freezer safe container. This recipe will keep up to one month in the freezer!

I want to make this for a friend, how should they reheat the recipe? 

I would cook the recipe all the way up until you add the cheese and place it in an oven. Whenever you deliver the meal to a friend tell them to top the casserole with cheese and heat it up in the oven until warmed through. 

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Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole

Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole is an easy and healthy meal made in one skillet! Ready in 30 minutes and is super flavorful! 
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  • 1 1/2 cups Elbow noodles (the smallest you can find)
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 lb Ground turkey
  • 2 cups Cooked cauliflower rice
  • 1 large Red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup Chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup Chopped carrots
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 15oz Can of tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp Dry mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the ground turkey; cook, until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. 
  • Next, Add the cauliflower, bell peppers, onions, carrots and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are softened, 5 to 7 minutes. 
  • Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire, mustard, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.
  • Next, stir in the cooked elbow pasta into the turkey mixture; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, 5 to 7 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
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Turkey Sloppy Joe Casserole