These Turkey Sloppy Joes were so good. They had such depth of flavor, and were so easy. You can make them with or without a crock pot, so it depends on the amount of time you have or don’t have. Serve them as a lettuce wrap and forego the bread/bun and save on carbs! Just as good! Just make them….and soon.
Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes (can use Slow Cooker to make)
1 lb ground turkey (could use ground beef if you rather)
1 onion, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (if you like a little more heat, leave in some seeds to taste)
2 stalks celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 8-oz tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp mustard
1 Tbsp Splenda brown sugar (I love this stuff – it rocks!)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. Smoked paprika – (can I say if you have never tried the “smoked paprika,” get some and try it – it will become your best friend)
In a large skillet, add turkey, onion, celery, and green pepper, along with jalapeno and cook until turkey is no longer pink. (if you are using the crock pot, add it to the slow cooker sprayed with non-stick cooking spray at this point)
Add tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar along with seasonings to ingredients in skillet (or slow cooker) and stir together.
Simmer on low for 30 minutes in skillet stirring occasionally (may need to add a little water if it looks like it is getting too thick but only do this to your liking) – if you are using the slow cooker, cook on low for 4 hours and keep on warm until serving. Serving on buns, bread, toast, or as I like, as lettuce wraps.
This stuff is addictive, the flavors are just right. Next time I plan on keeping more of the heat from the jalapeno. I like to spice things up a bit!.
Enjoy! And Happy Football Friday!