Sloppy Joes are the quintessential fast and easy meal. They are great for busy weeknights, or to make for a crowd on game day. Sloppy joe meat also freezes really well. Many of you probably typically go the Manwich route, but it’s actually really simple to make your own sloppy joes with stuff you already have on hand. Plus, you’ll actually know what you’re eating instead of the high fructose corn syrup and other stuff that’s in Manwich.
I’ve made traditional sloppy joes on this blog before. This time around, I wanted to joosh it up a bit. I love to get creative with the things I have laying around. I find that the more I cook, and the longer I write this blog, the less actual “meal planning” I have to do. I’m getting pretty darn good at knowing what kind of things taste good together, and am much more able to create meals on the fly.
For this particular dish I added a spicy flair. If you don’t have chipotle chili powder, just double the regular chili powder. Maybe you have canned chipotle chilies. Well, chop up one of those and throw it in! Maybe this is too spicy for you. If that’s the case, substitute red or green bell pepper for the jalapeno and 1/2 the amount of chili powder. Not spicy enough? Throw in a few squirts of Tapatio or Tabasco. Vegetarians can even skip the meat and double the beans. See how free form sloppy joes can be? The only requirement is that its sloppy so pile on the guacamole and toppings and get messy!
- 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1¼ lb ground turkey
- 1 14oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 14oz can tomato sauce
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 T. Gourmet Garden cilantro (or ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped)
- Cheddar cheese, guacamole, sliced jalapenos, sliced red onion, for garnish
- Heat olive oil or cooking spray in a large skillet over medium heat. Add jalapeno, red onion and garlic. Saute until onion begins to soften, about 4 minutes
- Add turkey and cook until browned
- Add in next 5 ingredients (through chipotle chili powder) Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
- Stir in black beans, salt and pepper, and Gourmet Garden cilantro. Cook several minutes until beans are heated through.
- Serve on hamburger buns or bread, and top with your favorite spicy food toppings like guacamole, sliced jalapenos, or red onion. Other suggestions: queso fresco, black olives, sour cream