Anytime I can replace hamburger with ground turkey with great results, I am all for it! In this case when most people think of sloppy joes for dinner they think of the Manwich can of sloppy joe sauce. Personally, I think I was served sloppy joes only on very few occasions. I assume because… well, they were sloppy.
I ran into this recipe when I was coming up with new ideas to make my Husband something for dinner. He is very picky and it’s hard for him to find anything that he likes. I asked him if he liked sloppy joes and was surprised to hear him say yes. I then sneakily endeavored to make him a healthy sloppy joe, one which I would eat too since I don’t eat cow meat. Since he doesn’t like most vegetables and definitely has a thing against beans, I was shocked that he LOVED these! They now make a regular appearance on our dinner rotation.
What is so healthy about these sloppy joes? They are packed full of delicious veggies and they use a leaner meat- ground turkey. You can of course substitute regular hamburger or a lean sirloin, but that kind of defeats the purpose of their being especially healthy… They also rely on sweetness from molasses rather than brown sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Here is the ingredient list from a can of Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce:
Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Less than 2% of: Salt, Sugar, Dehydrated Onions, Dehydrated Red and Green Bell Peppers, Chile Pepper, Tomato Fiber, Spices, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dehydrated Garlic, Carob Bean Gum, Natural Flavors.
Need I say more?
- 1 lb lean (90% or higher) ground beef or ground turkey
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 4 tsp)
- 1 jalopeno pepper, seeded and minced
- 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced (about 1 cup)
- One 15.5 oz can small pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1½ cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
- 2 Tb tomato paste
- 1 Tb red wine vinegar
- 1 Tb unsulfured molasses
- 1 Tb worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- ¾ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 8 whole wheat burger buns
- Brown the meat and onion in a large nonstick skillet over med-high heat until meat is cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, jalopeno, and red pepper and cook 5 to 10, until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except the buns, reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened.
- Place ½ cup scoop onto each bun and serve.
Adapted from Ellie Krieger “The Food You Crave”