Sloppy Joe Sandwiches is a favorite meal at our house. When I worked, and cooked less often, I would often stop at the local butcher and pick up some ground beef and a packet of Sloppy Joe mix. My experience with the saucy, ground meat mixture before that was always the canned stuff, so a powdered mix that you add your own ingredients to was just about homemade in those days!
Now, being a stay at home mom that cooks just about every meal we eat, I love to try new recipes as well as eliminate processed foods when possible. In this case, just a few extra steps for much better quality and flavor is definitely worth it!
In addition to ditching the powdered mix, I also swapped our usual ground beef with ground turkey, just like when I make Sloppy Joes with hidden veggies! . Last week, there was a sale on ground turkey. We bought a 3lb. pack and I'll be making a huge batch of Sloppy Joe's for tonight's dinner! Whatever we don't eat tonight, will be frozen for future meals!
Simply Classic Sloppy Joes
adapted from Heinz
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 1/2 cup Vidalia onion, diced
- 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1/2 cup chili sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 Tbs. brown sugar
- 1 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
- Cook onion, pepper and garlic in hot oil over medium-high heat until tender.
- Add the ground turkey, chopping and stirring to combine. Cook until browned.
- Drain the grease.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened.
This recipe was a hit! So much so, that we've made two weeks in a row! The first time, we served on leftover hot dog buns! Hamburger buns, crusty rolls or even a baked potato would be great options as well!