I very often substitute ground turkey for ground beef. But don’t get me wrong, as I mentioned before, I have no beef with beef. Love a thick juicy steak! I just try to cut down on fat and calories whenever possible. I have a crazy dream of losing 20lbs. We’ll see about that. Hopefully it will happen before I get pregnant again, but that is very doubtful! Anyways, this recipe would definitely fit into the “go-to” category in my house. I make this one a lot. It’s easy, and I almost always have all the ingredients available. On weeks when I am slacking on my meal planning (this happens often), you’ll find me picking up a package of ground turkey at the store. It usually ends up in pasta sauce, these sloppy joes, or tacos.
I like to make these heavy on the vegetable side, but if that isn’t your cup of tea, the original recipe calls for only 1/4 cup of green peppers and 1/4 cup of onions. I put in over a cup of mixed bell peppers, and a heaping half cup of onions. Sometimes I add diced tomatoes as well.
The sauce is pretty basic, easy to make with ingredients that you have on hand. If you like a little spice, throw in some red pepper flakes or cayenne. I was tempted this time, but refrained for hubby’s sake. But the sauce beats Manwich by a long shot!
Turkey Sloppy Joes
Generously adapted from AllRecipes.com
1 pound ground turkey
heaping 1/2 cup of chopped yellow onion
heaping 1/2 cup of chopped green pepper
heaping 1/2 cup of chopped red pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1.5 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 cup ketchup
3 teaspoons dark brown sugar (you can use light brown sugar if it is all you have)
salt and pepper to taste
1. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground turkey, onion, and bell peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Drain off any liquids that accumulate.
2. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, and salt and pepper. Mix throughly. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. I have been known to not let it simmer that long. If you’re hungry, go ahead and eat it sooner, it will still be good. This is the type of thing that only gets better the longer it hangs out in the pan.
Verdict: I love this sandwich. I make these often, as I mentioned earlier. The sloppier, the better! This meal often includes the use of a fork and knife. Or just plenty of napkins!
Husband’s take: He also loves sloppy joe nights! He likes to serenade me with this.
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy, really easy!