Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sloppy Joes!: Turkey Or Beef

Sloppy WHO?!

(So tasty, you'll never want to open a can again.)

   I don't know about you, but when i was growing up it was hot in the summer, and mom's favorite thing to cook was anything that involved minimal effort. So i had many hot summer days topped off with a Manwhich or Sloppy Joe. You Know, brown the cow, open the can, stir-simmer-eat. I still feel nostalgic for the taste of sloppy joes every now and then, but i can't bring myself to buy a can-o-sloppy joe stuff, so here is the  pretty easy, all fresh ingredients- and healthy recipe for Sloppy Joe's. Enjoy!


Turkey Joes

serves two hungry people or three people with smaller appetites.

1/2 medium yellow onion diced into 1/2 inch pieces
1tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/4 lb ground turkey thighs
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1 Can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1tbs balsamic vingar
fresh cracked black pepper to taste

in a skillet over medium flame, heat onions, salt, and oil till onions are soft. Add diced bell pepper, toss to coat with oil. Add ground turkey and sugar, cumin, Cayenne, and pepper, brown turkey for a minute, but don't cook all the pink out (this will keep turkey meat tender). Add diced tomatoes, vinegar, tomato sauce, and garlic. Lower flame to simmer, cover, cook 20 minutes, till turkey is soft and flavorful. Serve over dense multi-grain bread as a sandwich.

For this recipe, the only thing i can imagine anyone wanting to change is the ground used. I like beef, but turkey is healthier, flavorful, and less expensive than beef. Also, it is a better environmental choice, turkey meat requires far less resources to produce than cow. Anyhow, i really liked how this turned out with turkey. You could try Ground Chicken as well, let me knw how that works out.


  1. Ground turkey thighs are turning up EVERYWHERE in my life. This recipe isn't quite as simple, but damn does it look delicious:

  2. Thank you Rebekah for the comment and recipe. for me, this is only the second time i ever used turkey thighs, but i was in a bit of a money pinch, and turkey is just cheaper than beef. i am so happy it turned out well.


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