Sunday, March 27, 2011

Salsa Sloppy Joes

Ok, so despite the not-so-appetizing picture, this dinner will please your family. I don't know how to make sloppy joes look good. But this is another recipe that is simple, healthy, fast.

I prefer to buy organic ground turkey breast (at Whole Foods)--as snobby as that sounds, it really seems to make a difference in the taste of some recipes. Since I only cook meat 2-3 times a month, the organic meat cost can be somewhat justified.

Normally, I make Martha Stewart's sloppy joe recipe, but this time I wanted to try something different--a deviation from the overwhelming ketcup flavor of typical sloppy joes. We really enjoyed it and it feels fantastic to get dinner out on the table within 30 minutes.


Serves 6-8 (depending on how meaty you like them) 
  • 1-1 1/4 lb. extra lean ground turkey, organic preferred
  • 2 cups salsa (~16 oz. jar)--we prefer the Herdez brand
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or minced finely
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped 
  • Salt (or Lawry's seasoned salt) & pepper, to taste
  • A dash of oregano and a dash of chili powder
For serving:
  • 6-8 hamburger buns-split, preferably whole grain
  • 6-8 slices of Cheddar cheese or Colby Jack cheese

In a large skillet (sprayed with Pam or other non-stick cooking spray), cook turkey over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink--breaking it up with a spoon/spatula. If turkey starts to stick to the skillet, add some salsa and continue to stir.

When turkey has cooked through, stir in the rest of the salsa, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and green pepper. Add seasonings. Cook until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.

Add a piece of cheese to each bun (sometimes we add a piece to each side!) and fill or spoon the sloppy joe mixture on top of the buns. Serve warm. With a stack of napkins.

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