Turkey Sloppy Joes
Turkey Sloppy Joes are made with better-for-you ingredients, the best sauce, and loaded with hidden veggies. These adult-friendly and kid-approved sloppy joes make a great healthy weeknight dinner option that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.
Servings 4 loaded sloppy joes (maybe could stretch to 6 if serving kids!)
- 1/2 cup grated yellow onion (1 small onion)
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot (1 medium carrot)
- 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper (1 bell pepper)
- 1 cup finely chopped baby bella mushrooms (~6 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon EACH: Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 2 teaspoons beef bouillon powder
- 1/4 cup bbq sauce
- Optional: 1/2 to 1 full cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese (depending on how cheesy you'd like it)
- Brioche (or your favorite) hamburger buns, for serving
PREP VEGGIES: Peel an onion and grate it on the large holes of a cheese grater. Mince the garlic, finely chop (or grate on the large holes) a carrot, finely chop the red pepper, and finely chop the mushrooms. ALTERNATIVELY, add a coarsely chopped carrot, coarsely chopped red pepper, and garlic to a food processor and pulse into diced pieces. Add the mushrooms separately and pulse into diced pieces.
COOK VEGGIES: Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large cast iron skillet and place over medium high heat. Add in the onion, garlic, carrot, and bell pepper. Sauté for 5-7 minutes or until liquid from the veggies has evaporated. Add in the mushrooms and saute for another 2-3 minutes or until all veggies are mostly tender. Press veggies to the edges of the skillet and add 1 pound ground turkey in the center of the pan. Crumble the meat into small pieces and cook until no longer pink (but not cooked through all the way), about 5-8 minutes. As you crumble the meat, incorporate the veggies into the meat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
SAUCE: Whisk this sauce separately in a different bowl or just add it right into the skillet. Add the 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon brown sugar (Note 1), 1 teaspoon yellow mustard, 2 teaspoons beef bouillon powder, and 1/4 cup BBQ sauce. Stir well and then simmer the meat until fully cooked through and sauce has thickened, about another 3-5 minutes.
FINISH: Remove the skillet from the heat. If desired, add some freshly grated cheese on top of the meat and let it stand (covered with a lid) for 2-3 minutes or until melted. Spoon the mixture on top of toasted buns (Note 2) and enjoy immediately.
Note 1: Depending on the BBQ sauce and ketchup you use (some are sweeter than others) you may want more or less brown sugar; add to personal preference.
Note 2: I like to toast the buns; it adds flavor and keeps the buns from getting too soggy too quickly. Either grill the buns on a hot grill for 20-30 seconds, gently toast in a 350 degree F oven until buns are warmed through and barely crispy (about 5 minutes), or cook in a saute pan for 2-3 minutes over medium high heat.
Serving: 4loaded sloppy joes | Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.5g | Protein: 24.4g | Fat: 14.8g | Cholesterol: 78.8mg | Sodium: 776.4mg | Fiber: 4.3g | Sugar: 19.3g