Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes Recipe

Who's says you need buns for sloppy joes?  Of course, it's not so sloppy on a potato. Still, they are sloppy joes. 

My family ate theirs on buns.  Plain old white hamburger buns.  Mine? On a delicious, hot sweet potato.  Gluten free but not so sloppy.  Mine tasted better too! 

I know, I've been putting a lot of food on top of a sweet potatoes.  Get used to it. It's good. 

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes

2 lbs. ground turkey
2 medium onions
12 - 15 pickled jalapeno slices, chopped
2 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 cup ketchup
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp. brown sugar

Brown ground turkey in a pan. Add onion, jalapeno and garlic, cook until onions are tender.  Add chili powder, cocoa powder, paprika, allspice and pepper.  Stir together and cook for a few minutes.  Add ketchup, worcestershire sauce and brown sugar.  Stir until medium heat until it is heated through.  Serve over a potato or sweet potato if gluten free. 

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  1. I love the idea of serving this over a sweet 'tater! I'm sooo going to try this. Thank you.

  2. I'm totally putting this on our meal plan for March! And we love eating sloppy joes on baked potatoes, so no complaining here. :)

  3. Oh I love this twist on top of a potato. This looks incredible.

  4. I had to laugh when you said "get used to it" about putting stuff on sweet potatoes!

    Love, love, love the fact that you put pickled jalapenos in your sloppy joes!!

  5. I love the idea of putting it on a sweet potato!

  6. I love this recipe. I've never successfully made sloppy joes. They end up tasting like weird meatloaf. I will be trying this out, I love the flavor combos (especially the jalapenos and allspice).

  7. Sounds totally yummy and love the idea of serving things on top of sweet potato! :)

  8. Sounds good to me, I'd put it on a sweet potato!

  9. These sound good! I like that you've been using a sweet potato as a base for your fillings instead of buns, I think that's great. You know, the 17 day diet is gluten free for the first two 17 day cycles (after that you're allowed to bring back pasta, bread, etc, but you could of course choose g/f versions if you bring them back at all) so it would work well with your allergy if you ever think about looking into it. I checked my book out from the library and then once we became dedicated to it for the long haul, we bought a copy for reference. But if you're already doing well, there's no need--just wanted you to know that this is g/f friendly if you are interested!

  10. I love your sweet potato obsession! Looks totally delicious with the spicy meat!

  11. I LOVE the idea of putting the meat on sweet potatoes!

  12. I love the combination of spicy meat with sweet potatoes! I love how you layered your dinner.

  13. That looks delicious! I've been looking for a new sloppy joe recipe. I love almost anything served over a sweet potato!

  14. I think I would prefer the sweet potato too. Looks great!

  15. I like the spices you have used in this, and the addition of the cocoa powder too. What a great depth of flavour your Sloppy Joes must have. Fantastic idea to serve it on the sweet potatoes too - as well as making it gluten free, it's so much better for you than a bun! It sounds delicious!

  16. Well....I love the idea of the sweet potatoes. I bet it is delicious. I might could get my husband to eat sweet potatoes if it was topped with that...hah.

  17. This is a really different recipe. I have never thought of eating a sloppy joe on a sweet potato. I do have ground turkey and sweet potatoes in my fridge right now so I may be tempted to try this. Curious about the addition of cocoa powder? Thanks for sharing.