These non-traditional sloppy joes are made with ground turkey and black beans, and are flavored with cheddar cheese and a touch of chili seasoning.
When I was a kid, I never understood the popularity of the American dish known as sloppy joes. I still don’t get what is so appealing about combining ground beef with sauces like ketchup and throwing the mixture into a messy pile on a hamburger bun. My husband isn’t a sloppy joe fan either, so we never eat them. (Note: no offense if you enjoy sloppy joes.) 🙂
Yesterday evening I had a specific plan for dinner, but after mixing the ingredients together I ended up making a couple of last minute improvisations. (This happens frequently.) The result was something that slightly resembles a sloppy joe in appearance, but tastes completely different. Casey pronounced them “delicious”, and I agree. I’m sharing the recipe for the benefit of anyone else out there who may dislike traditional sloppy joes as much as we do.
This dish only requires six ingredients and takes about 30 minutes to prepare, which makes it perfect for busy days.
Turkey Black Bean Cheddar Sloppy Joes
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained, no salt added
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 whole wheat hamburger buns
In a large bowl, mash beans using a potato masher. Add all other ingredients except hamburger buns, and mix with a large spoon or with hands until well combined.
Place mixture in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook, covered, for about 10-15 minutes or until turkey is cooked through, stirring occasionally to prevent cheese from sticking/burning. Remove from heat and serve on hamburger buns.
~K in the Kitchen