25 May 2013

Turkey Sloppy Joe, It's all in the name.

 I have never had a sloppy joe before.  Until I made these, I didn't even know not ever having one before was a big deal.  Aaron's sloppy joe consuming mind was blown.
He kept coming in the kitchen asking what I was doing, and seemed confused whenever I said I was making sloppy joes.  Apparently sloppy joes usually come out of a can??? This is how far detached I am from sloppy joes, I had not idea.  Here I was thinking I was making a normal sloppy joe, maybe a little healthier using some ground turkey, but I thought I was doing a normal thing.  Nope.  And Aaron was skeptical.  He agreed it smelt good, but was it really a sloppy joe?  Was it going to taste like his sloppy joe memories?

I usually buy some fancy burger buns for sandwich situations such as these, but I saw american style white-bread hamburger buns at the local grocery store and thought I'd see how they were.
They tasted just like a white bread bun, but actually I think they held up a little better.  The sloppy joes were very moist, and this bread supported the moister and weight enough to still be able to pick it up like a sandwich.  Honestly, I don't know if that's how you'd eat a sloppy joe out of a can.  Are you able to pick it up with your hands? Or are you stuck eating it with a fork?

Mysteries I tell you.  Unsolved mysteries.

So the verdict?  I really liked these.  Of course, I can't compare them to the 'real thing' as Aaron says, but these were super tasty.  Aaron said they were good, but he didn't like the idea of calling them a sloppy joe.  I served them with some guacamole and greek yogurt and a side of sweet potato waffle fries, which is always delish.

Turkey Sloppy Joes
Printable Recipe
By Betsylife
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 lb ground turkey
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Gourmet Garden cilantro (or 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped)
  • Cheddar cheese, guacamole, sliced jalapenos, sliced red onion, for garnish
  1. Heat olive oil or cooking spray in a large skillet over medium heat. Add jalapeno, red onion and garlic. Saute until onion begins to soften, about 4 minutes
  2. Add turkey and cook until browned
  3. Add in next 5 ingredients (through chipotle chili powder) Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
  4. Stir in black beans, salt and pepper, and Gourmet Garden cilantro. Cook several minutes until beans are heated through.
  5. Serve on hamburger buns or bread, and top with your favorite spicy food toppings like guacamole, sliced jalapenos, or red onion. Other suggestions: queso fresco, black olives, sour cream

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  1. I'm definitely going to try these Turkey "Sloppy Joes" but oh. my. lawd. You've never had a Sloppy Joe?!?

    As far as "Are you able to pick it up with your hands? Or are you stuck eating it with a fork?". Yes, both of those.

    P.S. Me and Sloppy Joe got married. We got six kids and we're doing just fine.

    1. All I can do is apologize for my upbringing...obviously my parents didn't realize how traumatic never serving a sloppy joe would be. It's okay mom, I still love you!