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A great way to use pumpkin in a savory way! These pumpkin bbq sloppy joe's are filled with flavor and so easy to make on busy weeknights! #sloppyjoes #easyweeknightdinner #dinnerrecipe #sandwichrecipe

I’m not lying when I say that we make these pumpkin BBQ sloppy joe’s at least once a week.

It is always on our weeknight menu plan because of how incredibly easy it is to make and how flavorful it is.

I swear every time I’m chopping up red bell peppers and have the bottle of BBQ sauce on the stove, Jason excitedly asks, “are you making the sloppy joe’s again?”

We absolutely LOVE this recipe and I think your family will too once you try it!

A great way to use pumpkin in a savory way! These pumpkin bbq sloppy joe's are filled with flavor and so easy to make on busy weeknights! #sloppyjoes #easyweeknightdinner #dinnerrecipe #sandwichrecipe

What is a sloppy joe?

Haha, I’ve often wondered this too.

Without doing any research, my shot in the dark answer is that it was named after some guy named Joe who ate this sloppily.

But to be honest, how can you NOT eat a sloppy joe sloppily?

It literally goes everywhere when you take your first bite!

From research and Wikipedia, it apparently is an American dish that originated in the early 20th century.

Formally from Wikipedia: Marilyn Brown, Director of the Consumer Test Kitchen at H.J. Heinz in Pittsburgh, says their research at the Carnegie Library suggests that the sloppy joe’s origins lie with the “loose meat sandwiches” sold in Sioux City, Iowa in the 1930s and were the creation of a cook named Joe.

So it WAS named after a guy named Joe!!!

Is there a proper way to eat a sloppy joe?

I think if you’re looking for a proper way to eat a sloppy joe, you are probably better off eating a bowl of pasta bolognese, haha

I mean honestly, the point of a sloppy joe is to get messy, right?

I suppose you could use a fork and knife but the best and only way to eat a sloppy joe is with your hands!

Just have a plate underneath to catch all the goodies.

A great way to use pumpkin in a savory way! These pumpkin bbq sloppy joe's are filled with flavor and so easy to make on busy weeknights! #sloppyjoes #easyweeknightdinner #dinnerrecipe #sandwichrecipe

What ingredients you’ll need for these pumpkin BBQ sloppy joe’s

Thankfully, the ingredient list is pretty short and with ingredients you probably already have in your fridge or pantry so basically, you have no excuse not to make these.

Oh, and it all goes in one pot and on the stovetop!!! Winner winner, sloppy joe dinner!

  • Pumpkin
  • BBQ sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Red bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Ground turkey
  • Worcestershire sauce

A great way to use pumpkin in a savory way! These pumpkin bbq sloppy joe's are filled with flavor and so easy to make on busy weeknights! #sloppyjoes #easyweeknightdinner #dinnerrecipe #sandwichrecipe

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A great way to use pumpkin in a savory way! These pumpkin bbq sloppy joe's are filled with flavor and so easy to make on busy weeknights! #sloppyjoes #easyweeknightdinner #dinnerrecipe #sandwichrecipe

A great way to use pumpkin in a savory way! These pumpkin bbq sloppy joe's are filled with flavor and so easy to make on busy weeknights! #sloppyjoes #easyweeknightdinner #dinnerrecipe #sandwichrecipe
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Pumpkin BBQ Sloppy Joe's

A seasonal sloppy joe's recipe that is so good you'll want to make it year round!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 240kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey

For the sauce

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce (we use Stubb's Sweet Heat)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Place a large skillet over medium high heat and add 1 teaspoon of cooking oil. Once oil is hot, add onion, garlic, and red bell pepper. Cook until softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the turkey and break it up into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • In the meantime, while the turkey is cooking through, in a large bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce.
  • Once the turkey has cooked through, pour the sauce into the skillet and stir to incorporate.
  • Let simmer, covered, for 10 minutes on low heat. Season to taste then serve hot with brioche buns or your favorite hamburger buns.

Notes

Inspired by Monique's healthier turkey sloppy joe's!
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin BBQ Sloppy Joe's
Amount Per Serving (1 burger (without bun))
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Protein 23g46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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Recipe Rating




Ray

Saturday 30th of March 2019

I think it was a little bit too sweet, so I will probably cut down the ketchup next time. We used a different barbeque sauce than the recipe indicates, which could have played a part. Overall a good recipe, and quick and easy!

Julie Wampler

Sunday 31st of March 2019

So glad to hear this!

Jasmine

Friday 1st of February 2019

These were great. I was worried that you would be able to detect the pumpkin (my husband would have been morally offended) but you can’t. It just makes the sauce super thick and creamy and hearty. AND it’s an added boost of veggie! These took such a short time to make and I’ll be coming back to this recipe.