Recipe by Chef John
"This made for a very enjoyable lunch, and kept warm in a slow cooker, could also work very nicely for a Super Bowl party. It tastes enough like a traditional beef Sloppy Joe to provide that satisfying comfort food fix, yet seems much lighter."
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salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 1/4 pounds
1 1/2 tablespoons
cayenne pepper, or to taste
unsweetened cocoa powder
water, or as needed
hamburger buns, split
chopped green onions
shredded white Cheddar cheese
My wife and I made these last night. My wife is typically not a sloppy joe person, but she and I both absolutely loved them. Great flavor with a little bit of zip, and not overly heavy like some sloppy joes can be. We cooked the turkey a couple of extra minutes at the start, and only added 1/4 cup of extra water later in the recipe just to make sure the mixture had enough liquid to get some good cooking time. We had them with some watermelon, made for a great meal.
I added 2 tsp. of white vinegar and garlic power, made a world of difference!
Hubby is giving 'Sheriff John's" recipe 5 stars! (Is this another Sheriff John recipe?) LOL...He is a happy man. This took me a bit longer than stated - probably not the recipes fault, it was just me wanting to make sure the seasoning was gently cooked into the meat. I served this on a toasted whole wheat bun with spicy sweet potato fries. It was a hit!
This recipe was very very good!! We cut it down to 2 servings for my husband and myself. Followed everything exactly. I've made it twice now and was licking the plate! Thanks Chef John :-)
It's obvious that this recipe was designed by a chef. The combination of ingredients, even the seemingly unconventional ones such as cocoa powder, make this recipe sing. The sweet, almost exotic flavor make it a very interesting recipe. That it's made from ground turkey and as such, presents a healthier eating option, is purely a bonus.
Chef John, my family loved your Turkey Sloppy Joes. I increased the recipe to make 24 servings to feed mine and two other families with whom I do a weekly meal swap. My family, including my daughter who does not like traditional Sloppy Joes, agreed this recipe is a repeat. Bravo from one turkey lover to another!
If you are anything like me you often cruise these reviews to see what can be added or left off. I don't have a functioning stove so let's start right there. I made this in the crockpot. I probably wouldn't add the water next time because it came out really watery but OMG, it's so freakin good! I added some green pepper cause I had to use it, in lieu of brown sugar I used 1T white sugar with 1T maple syrup, but otherwise I cooked it as directed. I ate it straight out of the pot without cheese, green onion, or the roll. I will make this again, and again, and again. Maybe it will even make it onto a bun or two ;)
This was great! I didn't have any cocoa powder but it was still delicious and filled me up after a 13 hour work day, with just a glass of wine on the side ;)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chef John's Turkey Sloppy Joes
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 148
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