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Feb142012

Tex Mex Sloppy Joes

Tex Mex Sloppy Joe

As you can tell by the picture, these Sloppy Joe's are messy, but just grab yourself a napkin, they're supposed to be sloppy. They are totally worth the mess, they were extremely satisfying and also easy to make, perfect for a weeknight dinner.  I never liked sloppy joes as a child, and that can of Manwich always scared me as an adult, but thanks to this recipe Sloppy Joe's are now a part of my life. So give this homemade tex mex version a try.

I got this recipe from Lisa at Homesick Texan, there is rarely a recipe on that blog that I do not want to try. I also recommend getting a copy of her cookbook, I don't have it yet, but I'm definitely buying one after my move! This recipe caught my eye because I had some ground turkey in the freezer that I wanted to use up, I love avocado and I can never say no to tex mex. The ground turkey as a subsitute for the beef tasted great, and also makes it a little healthier.

Ingredients
1 lb ground turkey
1 chipotle in adobo, plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded, stems removed & diced
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded, stems removed & diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 14.5 ounce can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons worcestshire sauce
12 ounce beer (lager or any medium bodied beer works well)
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt
pepper
buns
Optional Garnishes
sliced onions
crumbled cotija cheese
avocado slices
jalepeno

Directions
Brown meet in large skillet over medium to medium low heat. Stir occasionally, until meat is browned (no longer pink), about 8 to 11 minutes.

While browning turkey, in blender or food processor, blend together crushed tomatoes, chipotle (along with adobo sauce), oregano, cumin, paprika, cayenne and worcestshire. 

Add diced onions and diced bell pepper to browned turkey, cook until soft about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for less than a minute.  

Pour tomato sauce blend into skillet with turkey, onions and bell peppers. Then pour all but the last few sips of beer (save that for yourself) into the skillet, along with the ketchup. Stir together well.
Simmer, uncovered for about 15 minutes, then stir in lime juice. If needed, season with salt and pepper.
Serve on buns and garnish with desired toppings. Time to get sloppy!

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