Healthy Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps

Easy, healthy and delicious Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps - made with lean ground turkey, black beans, and packed with flavorful vegetables smothered in a sweet and tangy sauce...

Sloppy joes- ground turkey, black beans, tomatoes- on a lettuce wrap plated with a fork

These Sloppy Joes not only taste great but they're healthy too.  Lean ground turkey mixed with sweet and crunchy red peppers, onions, black beans, carrots and zucchini.  Yes, carrots and zucchini!  Talk about flavor!  The carrots gently soften when they sloppy joe mixture is cooking and adds a lovely sweet and still crunchy taste.  The zucchini softens slightly and goes great with the other flavors.

This recipe happens to be one I've been making for years. I love how the sweet sloppy joe sauce in this recipe is made from simple and healthy ingredients like, tomato sauce, tomato paste, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and molasses. Combined with a few flavorful spices, the flavor is fantastic! There's lots of crunch and flavor in every bite.

Instead of using ground beef, I like to use lean ground turkey and instead of spooning the sloppy joe mixture onto a bun, I use large lettuce leaves.  Without a bun, there's the added benefit of fewer carbs and calories.

Sloppy joes on a lettuce wrap plated next to a glass of red wine with a pool in the background

Sloppy Joes are most definitely a kid friendly food.  This non-traditional sloppy joe recipe is a healthier option that everyone will love.

Thank you so much for reading!

These are the best sloppy joes! Made with lean ground turkey and great tasting vegetables.
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Healthy Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps

Easy, healthy and delicious Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps - made with lean ground turkey, black beans, red peppers and other great vegetables smothered in a sweet and tangy sauce...
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 1 15- ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 - 8 leaves large lettuce


  • Brown the ground turkey and the onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until cooked.
  • Add the garlic, red pepper, carrots and zucchini and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, simmer for 10 minutes more.
  • Place a half-cup scoop of the mixture onto the center of each lettuce leaf, roll and serve.

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1 thought on “Healthy Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps”

  1. allie @ Through Her Looking Glass

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious Joanie, I was surprised by the molasses! 🙂

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