Writing this series, 31 Days of Comfort Food really could not have come at a better time…it has been chilly here and I have been enjoying bringing out all of these comforting recipes to warm us up! This one is a recipe that I’ve been eating since I was little – my grandma’s sloppy joes. My mom started making them with ground turkey years ago, and that’s how I usually do it now as well, but it is also really delicious with grass fed ground beef.
I think that everyone has a Sloppy Joe recipe, and tastes probably vary with regard to the amount of sweet vs. tangy flavor in the sauce. You can reduce or increase the amounts of sugar and vinegar to your liking. We really love the addition of red peppers to our Sloppy Joes as well…I know some people like celery in there, too. That’s what’s nice about a dish like this, there are so many variations, and you really can’t go wrong.
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 cup ketchup
- ½ cup water
- 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 4 Tablspoon mustard
- 5. Tablespoon sugar
- salt and pepper
- Brown the turkey with the onion and red pepper in a large skillet. Drain off excess grease.
- Once turkey is cooked through, add ketchup, mustard, sugar, water, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat through until bubbling, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, allowing the sauce to thicken and the flavors to blend for about 30 minutes.
- Serve on hamburger buns or over brown rice or gluten free pasta.
Sometimes we make extra sautéed onions and peppers and pile them on top. We love our sloppy joes on bread and on rice or pasta, it just depends what we have on hand. These refrigerator dill pickles are an excellent side, along with chips or french fries, of course!