Turkey Sloppy Josés


Last week's menu was interesting, to say the least. Not the healthiest for various reasons. We had things like English muffin pizzas, beef stew and caramel corn cereal. Try the last one - it will BLOW YOUR MIND. I'm considering boxing and selling it and calling it the most incredible thing I've had all year.

A trend started and I ran with it ending the week with Sloppy Josés. Honestly though, it's actually not that bad for you. Growing up, Sloppy Joes were not my thing. The whole ketchup with beef thing totally grossed me out and I couldn't deal with how messy it is to eat it. Fast forward 20 (or so) years and messy meals are my life with a toddler and I consider myself a Californian now, so I threw in some spices and here we go, Sloppy Josés.

We made this dish sort of on accident years ago and it got lost in the recipe archives. I'm positive it tastes nothing like the first time, but I sort of love this version. It's a super quick weeknight dinner and like I said, not that bad for you. Despite the amount of chile powder in it, L loved it, especially the messy part :)

 Turkey Sloppy Josés
~ serves four hungry men 

Spice mix
1 Tbs chile powder (I love this one)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp crushed dried oregano (this the absolute best)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 Tbs grapeseed or vegetable oil
1 medium white onion, finely diced
1 Anaheim pepper, ribs and seeds removed, finely diced*
1 3/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1.5 lb ground turkey
1-15 oz can of unsalted tomato sauce
optional: 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, finely minced + 1 tsp adobo sauce

4 potato buns or any hamburger bun you wish
chopped cilantro, sliced avocado and shredded cheese make excellent toppings

In a small bowl, combine the spices and set aside. 
In a large non stick skillet on medium high heat, heat the oil until hot, but not smoking. 
Add the onion and pepper with 1/2 tsp of kosher salt. 
Cook roughly 7-8 minutes until the mixture is soft and translucent. 
Add the garlic and pepper and cook for one minute. 
Add the ground turkey and using the back of a wooden spoon, break up the meat. 
Continue cooking until the turkey is almost cooked through, roughly 5-7 minutes. 
Add the spice mix and cook for 1-2 minutes. 
Add the tomato sauce and chipotle peppers, if using, and remaining 1 1/4 tsp of kosher salt. 
Bring to a boil, lower the heat and continue simmering for 7-8 minutes. 
Meanwhile, warm or grill the buns. 
Once the meat is done simmering, scoop copious amounts of the mixture on top of the halved buns and sprinkle any of the aforementioned toppings. Serve with a cold beer and lots of hot sauce. 

*If you can't find Anaheim peppers, you can substitute a green bell pepper if you like it more mild or a jalapeño if you're okay with spice. 


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