This dinner of Turkey Sloppy Joes with Homemade Onion Rings is the perfect example of a semi-homemade meal!
Post & Photos Updated 8/21/18 but originally posted on 10/22/13
When I originally posted this Turkey Sloppy Joes with Homemade Onions Rings, I talked about how my son was so picky that he was the only one in the family who wouldn't even try it. I am happy to report, tonight, when I served this up for dinner, he devoured 2! I may or may not have mentioned to him that it was turkey and not ground beef but that's just an omission, not an actual lie. Right?
I know, you might be saying "it's not really a recipe if you use a packet/mix". Well, I like to use these types of mixes sometimes and just make them my own. The packet I buy of Sloppy Joe Mix instructs to just add tomato paste. I like to toss in a little flavor with some Worcestershire Sauce.
I also like to hide veggies in my Sloppy Joes. In this version, I shave and chop carrot finely. The kids don't even know. You could also finely chop celery, peppers and things like that if you have to hide veggies from your kids (and husbands).
The best part of this meal is the onion rings I made to go with the sloppy joe. They were super thin, crunchy and so delicious. Our oldest and I decided that they had to go IN the sloppy joe. Genius right?!
Turkey Sloppy Joes with Homemade Onion Rings
These semi homemade Turkey Sloppy Joes are made even better with the addition of super thin and crunchy homemade onion rings.
- 1 T olive oil
- ½ C diced onion
- 1 carrot diced or shredded
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 packet sloppy Joe seasoning mix
- 2 T Worcestershire sauce
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 6 sandwich / hamburger rolls
Homemade Onion Rings
- 1 large vidalia onion
- ½ C milk
- 1 C all purpose flour
- 1 T salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 2 C canola oil
- Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add turkey, onions and carrots. Cook, breaking up the turkey and stirring the veggies until turkey is cooked thru and no longer pink.
- Stir in seasoning packet, Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce. Reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes.
- Serve on buns.
Homemade Onion Rings
- Slice onion very thin (I find using a mandolin works best set just between ⅛ " & ¼ ")
- Soak onion slices in milk for about 30 minutes.
- Remove from milk and set on paper towels. Pat dry.
- In a bowl, combine flour, salt, pepper and paprika. Toss onions in flour mixture (in batches) to coat.
- Heat oil in a high sided skillet to about 375 (I don't have a thermometer so I set to medium/high heat).
- Place coated onions in hot oil, in batches, being sure not to overcrowd. Cook just 1-2 minutes. Remove onion rings from oil with slotted spoon or tongs and place on paper towel to remove excess oil.
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Jamie H says
These look delicious! I worked at Sonic for a while, and we used to make onion rings-- I had forgotten how much I liked them. I'll have to give these a try!
I love sloppy joes, and I prefer things with Turkey instead of ground beef, so these sound really good! Pinning for sure!
Heathers Happenings says
I'm one of the mommy/wives that have to hide the veggies from her kids and husband LOL My kids really love sloppy joes. Pinning your recipe to remember 🙂
I have never had ground turkey, although i did buy some the other day to give it a try and this recipe will be the winner. thanks for sharing
Sandra Henslee says
I so love onion rings and these are easy to make!
Shauna Smart says
Yummy! Just saw your link at last Tues Boost and wanted to stop by and pin 🙂
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