Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

This Sloppy Joe Casserole recipe, made in a skillet, gives you sloppy joes without all those carbs!

I love versatile recipes. The sort of recipes where you can make a big pot and then serve it up the way people individually like it so that everyone is happy. I love those “win-win” scenarios. This was definitely one of those dinners!

Clean Eating Sloppy Joe Casserole cut and served on a white plate. The bread-like topping sits on top of the ground meat.

The concept of a sloppy joe casserole made in a skillet sounded so delicious to me the other night, but every recipe I looked up had lots of not-so-clean ingredients and added some sort of crust that didn’t fit my current low-carb eating plan. So I used my own sloppy joe recipe as inspiration and came up with this crowd-pleaser.

Low-carb eaters can enjoy it as is, and those wanting more whole-grain goodness can simply enjoy it with a clean, whole-grain bun! See, everybody gets what they want. Win-win!

For this dish, you will need a large cast iron (or other oven-friendly) pan. It’s a “one-pot meal,” but you can use a casserole dish if you prefer.

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Clean Eating Sloppy Joe Skillet Casserole

Sloppy Joe Skillet Casserole

Love sloppy joe’s? This low carb sloppy joe skillet lets you enjoy a good sloppy joe without all those carbs!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 219kcal


  • ½ large red onion (chopped small)
  • 1 large red bell pepper (chopped small)
  • 1 large stalk celery (chopped small)
  • 4 large garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 15 oz. tomato sauce (canned, no sugar added or homemade)
  • cup almond meal
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (hand grated)


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  • Put a bit of oil in your skillet and toss in the onions, bell pepper, celery and garlic. Cook until the onions are wilted.
  • Add the turkey and brown, stirring often.
  • When the meat is browned, stir in the tomato sauce and allow the meat to cook to the point where it is almost done. (It will continue cooking in the oven.)
  • While the meat cooks, stir together the almond meal, eggs and cheddar cheese.
  • Turn the heat off under the meat and let the sauce stop bubbling.
  • Spread the mixture gently over the top, using the back of a spatula to spread the mixture over the top of the meat. If it doesn’t cover everything up to the edge, that’s okay. Just work from the center out and cover as much as you can.
  • Bake this for 15-20 minutes. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Cut into 8 slices like you would a pie, and serve.
  • This pairs well with a salad.


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1070IU | Vitamin C: 27.8mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 1.8mg
Clean Eating Sloppy Joe Skillet Casserole in the skillet right after being cooked.

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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  1. Would using cornmeal in place of the almond meal work as well. My family are cornbread lovers. I realize this may up the carb content but I’m not very familiar with the carb counts of different flours and grains. Is cornmeal considered clean? Thanks so much for this recipe as well as your expertise.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stacey – I would suggest my corn bread recipe. You could make the batter and either bake it separately, or pour it over the top of the meat and bake it according to the cornbread directions Or just use bread crumbs. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Can you please suggest a couple alternatives to the almond meal? Would whole wheat flour work?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Karli – I would recommend my cornbread recipe. You could just pour the batter over the top and bake. But if you don’t want to do that much, I would say bread crumbs would be a good option here.

  3. I can’t wait to try this! I’m using what I have on hand, so, the only thing different will be using ground bison instead of ground turkey and I’m using Daiya cheddar cheese since we’re lactose intolerant. Can’t wait!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heather – Great! I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Debbie Mitchell says:

    I am trying to cook more healthfully for me and my husband. I tried this recipe and my husband raved over it! He also loved the pork with potato skillet recipe. Thanks so much fir your wonderful website!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Debbie – My pleasure! I’m so happy my recipes were well received! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. This looks awesome, cant wait to try it! How do you think this would do in the crockpot? (if I precooked meat) Do you think your cornbread recipe would bake on top in the crockpot? Thanks for the idea!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – I haven’t tried it, but I’m not so sure this recipe would do well cooked that way. I think a crock would be too moist.

  6. Hi Tiffany this looks delicious. I will try it exactly your way, but I am also curious if using a gluten free flour baking mix would be okay, as well? What do you think?

    1. Dee – I’ve never tried it myself. If your goal is clean eating, you have to be careful because many of those mixes are not clean. But if that’s not a concern, you could certainly try it. I created this recipe to be more on the low carb side. So I’m not sure how much an actual flour would change things. Sorry I can’t be more help!