Thursday, August 12, 2010

CEiMB: Sloppy Joes

This week's CEiMB, Sloppy Joes, was chosen by Chaya.  We love sloppy joes and they are always a welcome dinner.  I liked this recipe because it was more spicy than what I typically make with the addition of the jalapeño.  I also loved the pinto beans!  We typically serve our sloppy joes over sweet potatoes or spaghetti squash so I opted to switch out the wheat buns.   I made a few changes so I included my version below.  This is a great weeknight meal, thanks Chaya for the pick!

Sloppy Joes
adapted from The Food You Crave

1 lb of ground turkey breast
2 TBS of olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 15oz can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 15oz can of tomato sauce (Muir Glen)
2 TBS of tomato paste
1 TBS of red wine vinegar
1 TBS of molasses
1 TBS of Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp of dry mustard
1 tsp of salt and pepper
2 sweet potatoes, halved and roasted until soft

In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the turkey and start to break-up.  After 4 minutes add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, and garlic.  Cook for 5 more minutes.  Add in the beans, tomato paste, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper.  Stir well and bring mixture to a simmer.  reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-8 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.  Mash 1/2 a sweet potato on a plate and spoon sloppy joe over the top.  Serve and enjoy!


  1. I used turkey, too! The sweet potato switch is a great idea; I may have to try that sometime! Looks like it turned out scrumptious.

  2. I love your idea of serving over pasta. I may have to try that. I've never heard of using sweet potatoes with these. Great photo. We loved these sloppy joes!!

  3. Love the way you served it, have never thought of doing it in anything other than buns. Will post this tomorrow as I am running a bit behind, was fun to see your variation! Thanks for the clever suggestions.


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