Homemade Sloppy Joes

Made with your choice of ground turkey or ground beef, this recipe is a quick and affordable way to put a hearty dinner on the table! Sweet and tangy brown sugar, barbecue sauce, and tomatoes mixed with a splash of hot sauce and a few servings of vegetables makes for a mouth-watering, semi-sloppy treat. Everyone will enjoy these fun and delicious sandwiches!!

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey or beef (I used turkey)
1/2 green pepper
1/2 small red onion
1/2 orange, red, or yellow pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
8 oz tomato sauce
3/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp Sriracha or other hot sauce
1 tsp parsley, chopped
2 basil leaves, whole
5-6 kaiser rolls

First, dice the peppers and onion and chop the parsley. For this recipe, I used 2 whole basil leaves as I was simmering the sauce and I removed them before serving. 

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the turkey or beef and drain excess fat.

Bring the heat down to medium and add the peppers, onion, and garlic. 

Saute for about 5 minutes or until peppers and onions are tender.

Mix in the remaining ingredients: tomato sauce, ketchup, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, hot sauce, parsley, and basil. Stir gently and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. 

Decrease heat and simmer for about 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove basil leaves and serve on toasted kaiser rolls or buns.

Note: To toast my rolls, I preheated an oven to 250 degrees and placed the rolls face down on the middle rack. I let them sit for about 6-7 minutes and they were perfect!

-Chef Genny

Homemade Sloppy Joes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground turkey or beef (I used turkey)
  2. 1/2 green pepper
  3. 1/2 small red onion
  4. 1/2 orange, red, or yellow pepper
  5. 1 clove garlic, minced
  6. 8 oz tomato sauce
  7. 3/4 cup ketchup
  8. 2 tbsp barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
  9. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  10. 1 tbsp Sriracha or other hot sauce
  11. 1 tsp parsley, chopped
  12. 2 basil leaves, whole
  13. 5-6 kaiser rolls
Instructions
  1. First, dice the peppers and onion and chop the parsley. For this recipe, I used 2 whole basil leaves as I was simmering the sauce and I removed them before serving.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the turkey or beef and drain excess fat.
  3. Bring the heat down to medium and add the peppers, onion, and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes or until peppers and onions are tender.
  4. Mix in the remaining ingredients: tomato sauce, ketchup, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, hot sauce, parsley, and basil. Stir gently and bring the mixture to a gentle boil.
  5. Decrease heat and simmer for about 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove basil leaves and serve on toasted kaiser rolls or buns.
Notes
  1. To toast my rolls, I preheated an oven to 250 degrees and placed the rolls face down on the middle rack. I let them sit for about 6-7 minutes and they were perfect!
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