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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes aren’t just for kids. Sure, these grownup sandwiches may get a little messy, but making them with lean ground turkey helps keep them light and guilt-free. Spicy jalapeno and fruity tomato puree provide rich, chili flavor with a bit of heat for a casual, fun, grownup dinner.

Make a double batch of sauce and serve it on slider buns for tasty tailgate or party food!

Serves 4

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey (thigh or breast meat)
  • 2 tsp chile powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup canned tomato puree
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 kaiser rolls or large sandwich buns, lightly toasted
  • red onion and dill pickle slices, for serving
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeno and cook, stirring frequently, 3 minutes.
  2. Add the ground turkey, chile powder, and cumin and season with salt and pepper. Cook, crumbling the meat, until just cooked through, 5-6 minutes.
Onions, Garlic, and Chile 
Cooked Turkey Mixture
  1. Add the tomato puree and oregano and re-season with salt, if desired. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.
Tomato Puree Added
Cooked Sloppy Joe Mixture
To serve, divide the sloppy joe mixture on the bottoms of the rolls and top with red onion and pickle slices. Close the sandwiches and serve hot.

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

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