Yields 4-6 servings
- 2 TBSP vegetable oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound ground turkey
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 carrot, minced
- 1 zucchini, diced
- 1/3 cup corn kernels
- 4-6 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted, for serving
- Crumbled feta, for serving, optional
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1-3 TBSP pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (omit if you don’t prefer the spice)
- 2 TBSP brown sugar, packed
- 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
- 1 TBSP tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 TBSP tomato paste
In a medium bowl, combine tomato sauce, pureed chipotle peppers, brown sugar, Worcestershire, red wine vinegar, chili powder, oregano, cumin and cayenne pepper.
Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add carrot, zucchini and corn, and cook until zucchini is tender, about 2-3 minutes.
Stir in tomato sauce mixture and then the tomato paste until well combined.
Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened and desired consistency is reached, about 10 minutes.
Serve sloppy joes on hamburger buns with a sprinkle of feta, if desired.
Note: you can make Sloppy Joes meatless by using 1lb of cooked lentils in place of the turkey.
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