Paleo Turkey Sloppy Joe Skillet

Sep 7, 2018 | Turkey

Ok who is going to win Master Chef??? My money is on Cesar. The dude got tuna heart (why??) as a challenge ingredient and he made kebabs out of it!  Pure genius. I would’ve hidden it in an avocado and put a fried egg on it. And then Gordon Ramsey would’ve put me on a shish kebab. And no one would’ve stopped him, because thats how TV works.

I’m secretly rooting for Ashley, but I don’t think she has what it takes to beat Cesar at the end of the day. We love a good underdog story, though. Maybe the producers are just making us think Cesar is the favorite so we’ll be pleasantly surprised. I also like Gerron, but he’s got too much southern cooking in him to win Master Chef. At the end of the day, you’re not gonna chicken fry your way to victory with Joe Bastianich there. If Paula Deen was there, it would be a different story.

I think the show literally stresses me out. Maybe its because I worked in restaurants for so many years, or because they play dramatic music. I’m emotionally invested in this thing.  When they were making food at the Michelin Star Restaurant for and the salmon was overcooked, I burned the broccoli I was cooking because I couldn’t focus. Thankfully, burnt broccoli is a delicious thing. Good save, Moriah.

Yet another indicator that I will never be on Master Chef, I guess.

Oh, right. I have a recipe for you! Sloppy Joes remind me of home, but I haven’t had them in at least 10-15 years. When you don’t eat bread and you cook for one, you don’t usually think to make them. I was feeling really homesick and tired of making eggs (my usual homesickness cure) so I went for it. And I’m so glad I did, because this sauce tastes just how I remember. AND its Paleo, entirely sugar free, and ketchup free, which is a rarity in Sloppy Joe sauce.

Sloppy Joe Skillet

Paleo Turkey Sloppy Joe Skillet

PREP TIME 5 minutes
COOK TIME 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME 15 minutes


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell better, diced
  • 1 8oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  1. Preheat a large, greased skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper to the skillet and sauce for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add ground turkey to the skillet and break into small pieces as it cooks. When the turkey is browned throughout, drain the liquids.

  3. Reduce heat to low and stir in tomatoes, red wine vinegar, paprika, chili powder, and garlic. Stir to combine and simmer for 4-5 minutes while the sauce thickens. 

  4. Remove from heat and serve! The sloppy Joe meat is great over a baked potato, a bowl of zoodles, or your favorite gluten free sandwich bread. 

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Sloppy Joe Skillet

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Hey! I’m Moriah– a commercial and editorial food photographer and creative entrepreneur who is perpetually drinking coffee and covered in dog hair. I write this blog from New York City where I run my creative agency, The B Edit. I write this blog in the hopes that you can one day have your creative dream job, too!   

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