Monday, July 7, 2014

Southwestern Sloppy Joes

Southwestern Sloppy Joes is one of those recipes that I've been making for almost a decade now, and yet still it love as much as I did the first time I made it.  It's zesty and messy and downright delicious.  It's the type of meal where you should probably use paper towels instead of napkins, but opt for neither, so that you have an excuse to lick your fingers.  I wish I could take credit for coming up with this recipe,  but I actually found it in a Cuisine Tonight magazine, the "Sandwiches & Salads" edition.  Whatever you do, do NOT skip the coleslaw.  It's the best part!

Southwestern Sloppy Joes
Recipe Adapted from Cuisine Tonight: Sandwiches & Salads
Serves 5-6


For the Coleslaw:
1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
3 Tbsp Honey
Juice of 1 Lime
2 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
Salt & Cayenne Pepper, to taste
4 Cups Shredded Cabbage

For the Sloppy Joe:
1 Tbsp Oil
1/2 Onion, diced
1 lb Lean Ground Turkey Breast
1/2 Cup Ketchup
1/2 Cup Frozen Corn Kernels, thawed
1/2 Cup Black Beans, drained & rinsed
1-2 Tbsp Chipolte Chiles in Adobo Sauce, minced (to taste)
1 (4 oz) can Diced Green Chiles
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1/2 Cup of Water
Salt to taste

For the Sandwiches:
Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns, toasted
Monterey Jack Cheese Slices or Shredded Cheese (optional)


To Make the Coleslaw:

1.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, honey, lime juice, and seasonings.

2.  Stir in the shredded cabbage, cover and refrigerate for at least twenty minutes.

To Make the Sloppy Joes:

1.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Toss in oil and onions, and sauté until softened, about four minutes.  Add in the turkey and cook until no longer pink.  Drain if necessary.

2.  Stir in the ketchup, corn, black beans, chipolte chiles, green chiles, brown sugar, mustard, cumin and water.  Turn the heat down to medium, and allow mixture to simmer for 5-7 minutes, until mixture has thickened and water has cooked off. Salt to taste, and remove from heat.

To Assemble the Sloppy Joes:

1.  Toast the hamburger buns.

2.  Spoon the sloppy joe meat mixture onto the bottom bun, top with cheese, and then coleslaw mixture on top of that.  Put top of bun on.

3.  Enjoy with a bunch of napkins.

Serving Size:  1/6th of the Sloppy Joe mixture and 1/6th of the Coleslaw.  Bun & Cheese not included.
Calories:  240
Fat:  8
Carbs:  27
Protein:  17

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