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Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes on Whole Wheat Cornbread Waffles

Spicy, healthy turkey sloppy joes on delicious fluffy whole wheat cornbread waffles. Yes, comfort food can be good for you!

Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min

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So The Leftovers is back on HBO and I’m still utterly confused as to what’s happening. I actually have no idea why I’m still tuning in. Quite frankly, it may be strictly for a glimpse of Justin Theroux. Just sayin’.

There aren’t many other shows I’ve been keeping up with because I can’t seem to get into any. I’ve already watched Bloodline, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Bates Motel and The Vampire Diaries (don’t judge me on that one). What I’m really waiting for is a return of Game of Thrones or The Americans. Or maybe they’ll just put Dawson’s Creek and Felicity both on Netflix? Everyone knows that throwbacks are truly the best.

turkey sloppy joes on cornbread waffles with cheese

Another throwback I can’t seem to get enough of? SLOPPY JOES.

Hell yes. The goodness that is sloppy messy meat in a slightly sweet (and spicy!) tomato sauce. I swear I could eat it every day for the rest of my life. Also, will someone please invent a sloppy joe food truck? Just think of all the possibilities…

Sloppy joes on a waffle.

Sloppy joes in a taco.

Sloppy joes on a bun.

Sloppy joes chip dip.

Sloppy joes forever and ever, guys.

turkey sloppy joes on cornbread waffles with cheese

These particular turkey sloppy joes are made from scratch. None of that Manwich business up in my joes, just simple ingredients here. My favorite sloppy joe sauce is made from tomato sauce, a few tablespoons of ketchup for sweetness, spices, soy sauce and yellow mustard. I love it because it’s not overly sweet like most sloppy joes, but it still tastes like that sauce you remember from your childhood. And on top of cornbread waffles? Oh yes, you really must.

To make the waffles, I used my wonderful new waffle iron. This thing is beyond amazing. I was able to bake two waffles at once, plus they were fluffy and didn’t stick to the pan at all. If you are in the market, I highly recommend this one!

Everything about this recipe is my favorite. I hope you’ll get a chance to try it out. Let me know if you do by leaving a comment below. You can also snap a pic, upload it to Instagram and tag #ambitiouskitchen so I can see your creations! xo.

turkey sloppy joes on cornbread waffles with cheese

Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes on Whole Wheat Cornbread Waffles

turkey sloppy joes on cornbread waffles with cheese
Course Comfort Food, Dinner, Lunch
Keyword turkey sloppy joes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Serves 4

Spicy, healthy turkey sloppy joes on delicious fluffy whole wheat cornbread waffles. Yes, comfort food can be good for you!


  • For the sloppy joes:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 - 14 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free soy sauce
  • For the cornbread waffles:
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk


  1. Place olive oil in a dutch oven or a large pot and place over medium heat. Add in olive oil, turkey, onion, peppers and garlic. Stir frequently; breaking up the turkey meat as you go. Cook until turkey is no longer pink and onions are somewhat translucent.
  2. Next, add in chili powder, cumin, onion powder and cayenne; stir for 30 seconds to allow spices to cook a bit. Then stir in tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
  3. While the sloppy joes are simmering you can preheat your waffle iron.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. In a separate medium bowl, mix together egg, maple syrup, olive oil, applesauce and almond milk until well combined. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Spray waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Add about 1/2 of batter to waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer's directions. Once waffle is cooked, place in 200 degree F oven to keep warm or you can just toast them up later if they get cold!). Repeat with remaining batter. Makes 2 large Belgian waffles.
  6. To serve, place two waffles on plate and top with 1/4th of the sloppy joe meat. Garnish with cheese, if desired. Serves 4.
Servings: 4
Serving size: 1
Calories: 408kcal
Fat: 10.5g
Carbohydrates: 44.7g
Fiber: 6g
Sugar: 12.9g
Protein: 33.7g

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