Food Thursday: Sloppy Toms

I’m willing to bet that many of you make sloppy joes by frying up some beef and opening a can. I used to do the same thing. But then I found a few recipes for homemade sloppy joes. Then I started experimenting on my own and now my family would leave the table if I made sloppy joes from a can. Seriously.

This recipe takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish so it’s fast. It includes bacon – which is a sure crowd pleaser in my house.

It somewhat sneakily includes veggies.

And it’s healthier than regular sloppy joes because I make these with ground turkey instead of beef – hence the name:

Sloppy Toms
4 strips of center cut bacon, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 pieces of celery, diced
1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
3 tsp minced garlic
1 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
hot sauce to taste

1. In a large pan, cook the bacon over medium high heat until done – approx 5 minutes. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic. Cook until veggies are softened.
2. Turn the heat to high and add the ground turkey, stirring frequently to break it all up cook until cooked through – 7 minutes or so.
3. Stir in remaining ingredients (brown sugar thru hot sauce) and cook until thick, approx 5 minutes. If you want them really sloppy you can add a 1/4 cup of water as well.
4. Serve on buns – we like to add a slice of cheese – or open-faced on bread.

Zucchini Chips make the perfect side!


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