Sloppy Joes and Kale Chips

What better meal than Sloppy Joes to kick off the busy fall season, especially if you have little ones headed back to school! Making your own Sloppy Joe sauce means you get to control the flavors! We love to combine tomato paste AND fresh Roma tomatoes for a deep, jammy tomato flavor and a pop of freshness! Explore at home—try any type of vinegar and substitute brown or white sugar for the honey.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course, Snack
Servings: 6 servings
Author: AFC


  • Large saute pan
  • Large sheet pan


  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 jalapeño (optional)
  • 3-4 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 bunch kale leaves
  • 6 burger buns
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic and 2 tsps granulated garlic
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Remove peel from onion and medium dice. Mince garlic and jalapeño. Remove ends from tomatoes and dice into 1/4 inch cubes. With a knife or hand, remove kale leaves from stems and tear into bite sized pieces. Remove turkey from the package.
  • Prepare Kale Chips: Place kale on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake until edges are browning, but not burnt, about 10 - 15 minutes. Check after 10 minutes.
  • Prepare Sloppy Joes: Over medium heat add 1 tablespoon olive oil in a deep saute pan. Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened, then add garlic and jalapeño (optional) and cook for another 2 minutes until aromatic.
  • Add ground turkey and breaking apart with a spoon, cook about 8-10 minutes. Add tomato paste and tomatoes, saute another 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally until tomatoes have softened a bit. Add Worcestershire sauce, honey, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix to incorporate another 1-2 minutes.
  • Simmer the meat mixture until liquid is thickened. Remove from heat. Scoop onto buns and serve with kale chips. Enjoy!

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