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Healthy "Sloppy" Joe Pita with Coleslaw

This is for the new and improved “Joe” out there. Pocket pita “Joe” is easy to make, easy to eat, a little bit fancy, hearty, cozy, delicious, and healthy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best taco recipes, easy, Fall, fast, ground turkey, healthy dinner, homemade coleslaw, Instant Pot, naan, pita, pita pocket, quick, sloppy joe, summer, weeknight dinner
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Callie



  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 3-4 cloves minced garlic OR ¾ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 12 oz precut coleslaw mix (I use *Mann's Broccoli Cole Slaw-The Original)

**If you're grating coleslaw mix from scratch I use this recipe!

  • ½ large carrot (grated)
  • ½ large broccoli tree
  • ¼ head red cabbage


  • Preheat your oven to 325º so it is ready to heat up your naan/pita bread. (Skip this step if you have a toaster oven). 
  • Begin with 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat and add a diced onion. Allow the onion to sauté for about a minute. 
  • Then add in your ground turkey (or beef). Cook until browned and continually stir to cook the meat evenly. 
  • Next, add in Worcestershire, red wine vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar and water.
  • Reduce heat and occasionally stir while it simmers for 8-10 minutes. 

Coleslaw Instructions

  • I like to add carrots and broccoli to create an extra crunch that complement the cabbage coleslaw as well. I either grate red cabbage, carrot and broccoli OR take the shortcut and buy Mann's Broccoli Cole Slaw.
  • Set your coleslaw base aside and take out a baking sheet for your naan/pita
    bread. Put your bread on the ungreased sheet and place it in the oven
    to warm for about 2 minutes. 
  • Add olive oil, rice wine vinegar, minced garlic (or garlic powder as a substitute) and salt your crunchy coleslaw dressing. Whisk together until well blended and combine with grated ingredients.


  • It’s ready! Now just top your warmed pitas with your crunchy coleslaw and dive in!