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I cannot adequately express my love for sloppy Joe’s. I love the slow simmered bold flavors, the comfort they evoke, even their messiness.
It’s such a classic and such a family favorite.
The ground turkey is mixed with peppers and a delicious sauce. I make mine a bit on the spicy side unless I’m serving it to the kiddos, too. I’ve made the spicy parts optional in the recipe below.
Everything simmers together so the flavors can develop and the sauce can thicken and you end up with a swoon-worthy pan of saucy goodness.
One valid complaint against the sloppy Joe is that it can be a sloppy mess. All that saucy goodness comes with a price.
I’ve got two tricks on having a bun that won’t go soggy on you:
1. Toast the bun. But if you like a soft bun, and even if you toast it, I also suggest,
2. Spread butter or mayonnaise on the bottom bun. The fat acts as a shield so the sauce doesn’t soak into the bread. (This trick is also good for burgers, so the grease doesn’t get the bun soggy.)
My bonus third trick is what I often do for sloppy Joe night. I eat my sloppy Joe mix over a baked potato. Sometimes I’m just not into having double carbs in my meal. I’m one of those people who eats the whole potato and so it acts as an edible bowl. Delicious.
It’s always a good night when sloppy Joe’s are on the menu. Enjoy!
Turkey sloppy Joes
Make them spicy or not, but these turkey sloppy Joe's will be a family favorite!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey (I use 7% fat)
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (can omit for less heat)
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 1/4 cups liquid of choice: beer, chicken broth or water
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon srirachi or chili sauce (can omit or reduce for less heat)
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 4 whole wheat rolls or buns
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise or butter
- Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
- Add turkey, green pepper and jalapeno, if using. Saute until the ground turkey is cooked through.
- Add garlic and and chili powder and saute for another minute.
- Add liquid, ketchup, chili sauce (if using) and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and reduce heat to medium-low.
- Simmer, stirring occassionally, for 10-15 minutes, until mixture is thickened.
- Mix in green onions. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
- Prepare the buns: Toast and spread the bottom half with mayonnaise or butter. (These tricks help prevent the bun from getting soggy.)
- Top with sloppy Joe mix and serve!
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 471kcal Calories from fat 186|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 21g||32%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||24%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
** Did you eat sloppy Joe’s growing up?