Wow, before making these sandwiches I hadn’t had sloppy joe’s in FOREVER. We didn’t eat them often when I was a kid, but when we did I always liked them. I did always feel like they were one of those things you didn’t admit to liking – like, say, meatloaf (which I am now willing to say I also enjoy!) There’s certainly nothing fancy or “foodie” about a sloppy joe, but the flavor is awesome and they come together quickly – perfect dinner option in my opinion. Especially when you eat them with homemade hamburger buns… mmm. Delicious. Oh, and using turkey instead of ground beef ups the healthy factor – win! I can definitely see us eating these again through the summer…
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- hamburger buns, for serving
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion, bell pepper and jalapeño and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften – about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook until fragrant, 30 seconds-1 minute. Add in the ground turkey and stir, breaking up any large pieces as it cooks.
Once the turkey is completely browned, stir in the brown sugar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Add the tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire and hot sauce and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced slightly – about 5 minutes.
Toast the burger buns if desired, then top with the sloppy joe mixture and enjoy!
Yield: 6-8 servings
Source: Adapted from Joy the Baker