You’re probably wondering what a sloppy joe is if you’ve never heard of it before. It’s a sandwich that consists of ground beef (can sub ground turkey or textured vegetable protein) and it has ketchup, onions, and different seasonings added to it. You can take sloppy joes to a party of any type. Once you cook the turkey and all the other ingredients in the skillet, just throw it in the slower cooker and keep it on low until it is ready to serve. Sloppy Joes are a pretty common here in the Midwest and can be seen at many potluck events.
The secret ingredient to this sloppy joe is the can of chicken gumbo soup. You might think that is a little strange adding it to the sloppy joe mix but trust me on this. I used to think this was really weird as a kid and when I found out my mom or dad had added that to their sloppy joe’s it grossed me out. Now it doesn’t. Maybe it was a texture thing back then, who knows?
Early 20th century American cookbooks offer plenty of sloppy-joe type recipes, though they go by different titles: Toasted Deviled Hamburgers, Chopped Meat Sandwiches, Hamburg a la Creole, Beef Mironton, and Minced Beef Spanish Style. According to Marylin Brown, the sloppy joe sandwich began Sioux City Iowa cafe and they called it “loose meat sandwich” back in the 1930s. civilwartalk.com
Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes
1 lb lean ground turkey 99% fat free
1⁄3 cup reduced sugar catsup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1⁄2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1(10 1/2 ounce) can chicken gumbo soup(undiluted)
salt and pepper to taste (see notes)
4 hamburger buns lite
Spray a skillet liberally with non stick cooking spray. In the skillet, add the ground turkey and cook until no longer pink. When the ground turkey is done cooking add the ketchup followed by the rest of the ingredients and ending at the can of chicken gumbo soup. Simmer on low for 10 minutes. Spoon meat mixture onto buns and serve.
I did not add any extra salt and pepper to this because there is plenty of salt in the can of soup and Worcestershire sauce. Feel free to add it if you wish.
5 smart points (ground turkey mixture makes 4 servings)
- Calories: 265
- Sugar: 9
- Fat: 2
- Saturated Fat: 1
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 26
- Fiber: 5
- Protein: 37