Homemade Sloppy Joe’s

About This Recipe:

As much as I love testing vegan recipes, and recreating classic French dishes, sometimes I just want a meal that hits closer to home. And nothing reminds me of my childhood more than a satisfyingly messy Sloppy Joe sandwich. Growing up, my mom made Sloppy Joe’s with the good ole Manwich canned sauce, but now I much prefer making sauces from scratch.

This is an easy 30 minute recipe that requires only the most basic ingredients. You could make the sauce with ketchup, but I definitely prefer the taste of the tomato puree and paste combo. I also don’t like my Sloppy Joe to be too sweet, so I find that just 1 tablespoon of brown sugar works best. This is the type of meal that I crave when I need some comfort in my life.


Ingredients (4 servings)

-1 yellow onion, finely diced
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 lb ground turkey
-14 oz tomato puree
-2 tbls mustard
-2 tbls tomato paste
-1 tbl brown sugar
-Olive oil
-Salt and pepper
-4 brioche or sesame buns

-1 tsp chili powder
-1 tsp paprika
-1/2 tsp cumin

Instructions (30 minutes)

1. In a pot over medium heat, pour in 1-2 tbls of olive oil and sauté the onions for 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and stir for another minute.
2. Add in the ground turkey and cook for about 7 minutes until fully cooked. Break up the turkey into small bits.
3. Mix in the tomato puree, mustard, tomato paste, brown sugar, and seasonings, and simmer for 10 minutes on low heat.
4. Serve on your favorite sandwich bun with a side of chips or fries.

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