Turkey Black Bean Cheddar Sloppy Joes

These non-traditional sloppy joes are made with ground turkey and black beans, and are flavored with cheddar cheese and a touch of chili seasoning.

When I was a kid, I never understood the popularity of the American dish known as sloppy joes.  I still don’t get what is so appealing about combining ground beef with sauces like ketchup and throwing the mixture into a messy pile on a hamburger bun.  My husband isn’t a sloppy joe fan either, so we never eat them.  (Note:  no offense if you enjoy sloppy joes.) 🙂

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Yesterday evening I had a specific plan for dinner, but after mixing the ingredients together I ended up making a couple of last minute improvisations.  (This happens frequently.)  The result was something that slightly resembles a sloppy joe in appearance, but tastes completely different.  Casey pronounced them “delicious”, and I agree.  I’m sharing the recipe for the benefit of anyone else out there who may dislike traditional sloppy joes as much as we do.

Turkey Black Bean Cheddar Sloppy Joes -KintheKitchen

This dish only requires six ingredients and takes about 30 minutes to prepare, which makes it perfect for busy days.

Turkey Black Bean Cheddar Sloppy Joes--KintheKitchen

Turkey Black Bean Cheddar Sloppy Joes

  • Servings: 6
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  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained, no salt added
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns


In a large bowl, mash beans using a potato masher.  Add all other ingredients except hamburger buns, and mix with a large spoon or with hands until well combined.

Place mixture in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook, covered, for about 10-15 minutes or until turkey is cooked through, stirring occasionally to prevent cheese from sticking/burning.  Remove from heat and serve on hamburger buns.


~K in the Kitchen


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