Farmgirl Sloppy Joes

I was starving – so the pic had no creative flair.  Just snap quick so I can eat it! 
This week has been a lot of eating out!  This typically happens when the Hubs is on a business trip.  Luckily he gets home tomorrow and I’m fast-fooded-out!  I asked the kids this morning what sounded good for dinner tonight and they both said Sloppy Joes and not out.  I guess they’re fast-fooded-out too.  So I asked “sloppy joes out of a can?” and they both looked at me with the “ya right” look on their faces.  They know me too well.  I’ve been making Homemade Sloppy Joes now for quite a few years, and every time is a little different but still great in it’s own way.  The recipe that follows is tonights concoction.  The kids gobbled it up which usually means “thumbs up”.  I hope you enjoy it as much as they did.  (me too for that matter)

Start by adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil to your hot saute pan.  Toss in 1 large onion diced and saute over medium-high until they start to become translucent.  Don’t brown.
Dice up a whole pepper.  Usually I would’ve used a red or green pepper but I had a yellow one on hand.  Saute it for about 3 or 4 minutes or until they start to become soft.
Add a 1.25 lb package of ground turkey.  You could also use ground beef, but I’m trying to watch my girlish figure so I opted for Turkey instead.  Brown the meat until it’s just cooked through.

Note: the longer you cook turkey, the tougher and or chewier it gets. It needs to be cooked fast to stay juicy.

To the meat mixture add 3 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 15oz can of tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste, a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar.  Stir it all together and get it to a soft boiling stage

Don’t skip the vinegar part.  I know it sounds – strange.  But I assure you that the acid makes this dish better.

Turn the heat down and simmer for 10 minutes or so.  Serve it on kaiser rolls, or as I did on the burger bun thins.  A few less carbs is good this time of year while I’m wearing my hibernation suit.  
Homemade Sloppy Joes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 large bell pepper, diced (your choice of color)
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey (or beef)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c ketchup
1-15oz can of tomato sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1) Add olive oil to a saute pan and heat over medium-high.  Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add the bell pepper and saute for another 3 to 4 minutes.
2) Add the ground turkey and cook until just browned.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.  Bring just to a boil and then lower the temperature and simmer for about 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened.  Serve on hamburger buns and enjoy.


  1. Two thumbs up from the Denton Family! Travis had three overflowing sloppy joes! The kids are gobbling them up too! I left out the red pepper flakes just in case it would be too strong for the kids. Next time, I’ll add some to the adult batch. This is a new family favorite and is very easy to make!

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