Chili Sloppy Joes

In honor of Mother’s Day, I decided to make a meal that my mother sent me. When I said sent me, I mean my mother mailed me! I’m not sure where the recipe is from, but it came from a magazine and my bet is Sunset. That being said, I attempted to make some Southwest Sloppy Joes.

– 1.25 lbs ground turkey meat
– 1 medium white onion
– 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
– 1 can black beans
– 1/2 cup frozen corn
– 1 can (8 ounces) tomato paste
– 2 tbsp brown sugar
– 1 1/2 tbsp Valentina
– 3/4 tsp ground cumin
– 1/2 tsp ground coriander
– parsley

Now let me start off that I had many times where I strayed from the recipe. I would like to say I made those choices consciously, but really. I just forgot to check the recipe and spaced out on some aspects. The first chef freedom I took came with the onions. The recipe said to brown the onions for 5-7 minutes in a sauce pan. I completely forgot and cut the onions up and put them in the crock pot and proceeded to add everything else quickly. It wasn’t until I added the turkey that I realized I had not browned the onions. Now here comes some more of my cooking freedom and I decided not to cook the turkey meat in the sauce pan. The onions appeared to not be affective negatively by my choice not to use the sauce pan, but the meat yes. So use the sauce pan, because otherwise your meat will stay in strands/chunks.

As I was adding in the tomato paste, I didn’t realize that 8 ounces is not the same as 1/4 cup of tomato paste. The next chef freedom I took came with the black beans. This was an honest mistake of I just didn’t check the recipe. The recipe called for drained and rinsed black beans. Now I have never heard of draining or rinsing black beans, so naturally I didn’t do that. Also, I decided not to measure the frozen corn, so again I’m not exactly sure how that proportion turned out. And I forgot to stir all the ingredients until after 6 hrs, another spacey moment of mine.

Basically, what I’m leading up to is that my sloppy joes turned out much more like chili. For a gluten free individual, I bought some buns but I couldn’t wait to heat them up to eat so I decided to go chili style. My roommates followed suit, and even ate some of my gluten free rolls.


The Chili Sloppy Joes as styled by Elyse Aldana.


Another delicious dish, but let’s call it what it is – a chili dish. It was very delicious, and you must cook the turkey first. Everyone seemed to like it! And I’d make it again for a cold winter day or a rainy summer day!

The Nitty Gritty:
– Total Cost: $30.00 (I had to buy new spices.)
– Total Time: 8.5 hrs, 15 minutes of prep
– Serving Size: 6-8 people


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