I was suddenly craving Sloppy Joes today. Back in the day, I would have thrown a can of Manwich in with some ground beef and called that dinner. But now that we are into more of a clean eating lifestyle (except for cheat days!), I was thinking more like turkey or chicken sloppy joes, home made all the way. Looked around at some sloppy joe recipes, but ultimately created my own hybrid based on 3 – 4 -different recipes, since none seemed quite spot-on for my liking. Husband loved, loved, loved this. Went on about how good it was for 5 minutes after he got up from the table, no kidding. Said it was so much better than convenience food sloppy joe mix or manwich that we used to buy. Said that stuff would taste good with the first bite or two, but quickly the salt would become overbearing, and other strong not-necessarily -good flavors would soon start to not sit right with him, and he would end up feeling not terrific after those meals – probably from all the additives, preservatives, salt, and heaven knows what. He said this was just delicous and no negative side effects or after tastes. Very happy to know we have another winner 🙂
2 lb ground turkey [or chicken]
1/2 onion, finely chopped
3 tsp chopped garlic (from a jar)
1/3 – 1/2 medium size green pepper, finely chopped
1 slice jarred jalepeno pepper, finely chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1tsp powdered mustard (or 2 tsp prepared mustard, but I used dry)
6 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 600 ml can tomatoe sauce
1 small can tomato paste
whole wheat kaiser buns
Saute garlic, onion, and green pepper in skillet til tender. Push to side of skillet when tender and then add meat. Brown the meat until completely cooked, using a spatula to break up the meat until it is crumbled. Add the chopped jalepeno pepper.
Mix together the garlic powder, mustard and brown sugar. Add to the meat mixture and stir well (alternatively you can add after you have added the tomatoe sauce, however, I added it to the meat mixture before adding tomatoe sauce).
Add the tomatoe sauce and tomatoe paste; stir well. Add the red wine vinegar and worcestershire sauce. Simmer on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
Lightly toast kaiser buns. Spoon meat mixture onto buns, either open faced style, or sandwhich style.
Source: An original recipe by CookingToBeClever.com
- If using fresh garlic, instead of garlic from a jar, use 3 cloves, finely chopped or minced.
- If desired you can also add some hot pepper flakes and/or hot sauce, to taste. I stuck with just the jalepeno, but if you want to create more heat, go for it.