Grown Up Sloppy Joes with Ground Turkey and Avocado

by feastonthecheap on July 22, 2009

Mariel here. When I was writing the BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich recipe, I mentioned how I had graduated from Sloppy Joes a long time ago. Well, apparently I lied. This week, I was struck by a big-time craving for those sloppy little sammies so I decided to cobble together an updated, PG-13 version.

I swapped out ground beef for ground turkey to lighten things up, added a kick of Tabsaco, and topped it all off with some avocado. I was pretty pleased with my new rendition and decided to throw them to the wolves when my lady friends came over last night. Judging by the empty tray at the end of the evening, they were too.

I suggest serving these alongside a crisp green salad, my mother’s zippy Root Beer Baked Beans, or whatever’s on sale at Shop & Stop.

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Grown Up Sloppy Joes with Ground Turkey and Avocado
Makes 6 full-size sandwiches or 12 mini-sliders

1.3 lbs of lean ground turkey (that seems to be the standard weight in pre-packaged portions in the supermarket) – $3.69
1/2 green Bell pepper, chopped coarsely – $1.05
1 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion – $0.89
1 small minced shallot – $2.99 (for a package)
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic – stock
2 TBS olive oil – stock
8-oz can of tomato sauce – $0.89
1/2 cup ketchup – stock
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce – stock
2 TBS cider vinegar – stock
2 TBS brown sugar, packed – stock
1/4 tsp oregano – stock
1 tsp Tabasco sauce – stock
1 avocado – $1.99
6 whole wheat buns – $3.39
freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste – stock
Grand total assuming stocked kitchen: $14.89
Cost per serving (6 full-size sandwiches): $2.48

1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat

2. Add the onion, garlic, shallot and pepper to the skillet cooking until onions are translucent and pepper is tender

3. Crumble in the ground turkey making sure to break the meat into small bits. Cook until most of the meat has turned from pink to brown.

4. Stir in the remaining ingredients (hold off on salting the mixture until the end). Bring the Joe mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to low simmering for 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens.

5. Toast the buns until golden brown.

6. Cut avocado into thin 1/8-inch slices.

7. Scoop the Sloppy Joe mixture onto the buns and top with avocado slices. I served baked beans on the side, which were a fantastic complement. I cheated and used store-bought beans…