Southwestern Sloppy Joes

Southwestern Sloppy Joes

by Amy on October 12, 2010 · 41 comments

You know in the old Looney Tunes cartoons when a character is so hungry that they begin to fantasize about another character, or inanimate object, as a chicken leg…or hot dog…or donut?

Well, that’s what this Insanity workout does to your mind. You start looking at the candlesticks like they’re carrots. Or the sponge becomes a slice of pound cake. Or the backyard grass is a sea of alfalfa sprouts. Or the curled up cat becomes a croissant.

You are ravenous. All day long. Even with the allotted five meals a day. Ravenous.

Southwestern Sloppy Joes

The restraint in this house right now to avoid snacking is pretty impressive. (Which hasn’t been 100%, I’ll admit. Hey, that last cookie was just begging for someone to finish it off, so the container could be recycled. Who am I to go against the Green initiative?)

Aside from the cookie incident, though, we’ve been so good all day long. Because of this, I’ve been pretty lenient with dinner. (Otherwise, I might chew off Paul’s arm in the middle of the night.)

These Sloppy Joes are just what my rumbly in the tumbly needed. Loaded with carbs, protein, and fiber, they were extremely filling. What’s more, they were really yummy. And other than the cheese and coleslaw (which is a must – don’t skip the slaw!), they weren’t that high in calories.

I wish we could have them every night. With a cookie.

Southwestern Sloppy Joes
Makes 4 Sandwiches
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

Honey-Lime Coleslaw
• 1/4 cup mayonnaise
• 3 tablespoons honey
• 2 tablespoons lime juice
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or cilantro)
• salt to taste
• cayenne to taste
• 4 cups coleslaw mix
Sloppy Joes
• 1 pound ground turkey breast
• 1/2 cup onion, minced
• 1/2 cup ketchup
• 1/3 cup canned corn kernels
• 1/3 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
• 1 can (4.5 ounces) diced green chiles
• 1 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 teaspoons mustard
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• salt to taste
• 4 hamburger buns, split, bottom half slightly hollowed out
• 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat boiler to High; line baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients for the coleslaw; chill in refrigerator.

Saute turkey and onion in oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Drain and return to heat. Stir in ketchup, corn, beans, green chilies, brown sugar, mustard, cumin and salt; heat through 2-3 minutes.

Spoon turkey mixture into each of the 4 bottom buns and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Top with 1/4 cup cheese. Broil top buns, cut side up, along with the bottom buns until buns are toasted and cheese is melted, about 1-2 minutes (keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!)

To serve, spoon slaw onto each sandwich and serve with a toasted top bun.

(adapted from Cuisine Tonight Sandwiches & Salads)

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Kimberly Misch April 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Putting this on my grocery list! YUM & Thank You!


Amy @Very Culinary April 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Awesome, hope you enjoy it!


Deborah March 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm

So okay, hubby out of town so I decided to make this for myself, daughter and son-in-law since my man doesn’t like black beans or corn in his food. Boy did he miss out! Between the three of us, we demolished it! Soooo tasty! Can’t wait to make this again. Thanks!


Amy @Very Culinary March 27, 2014 at 8:34 pm

That’s great! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. Haven’t made these in ages…need to again!


George A. October 26, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Thanks Amy. Received the magazine last Friday (10/22) and my wife is looking forward to trying some of recipes as soon as she gets over the flu.


Keisha October 16, 2010 at 8:59 am

That looks delicious! I must make this recipe.


Beth October 14, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Those sloppy joes look fantastic! Like an earlier reader, my mouth is watering already.


George A. October 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I don’t do Facebook or Twitter but would love a copy of the Mag for my better half.


Tricia D. October 14, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I’m always looking for new fun sandwiches and this hits the spot since I’m from AZ and am always adding a southwest touch to every meal! I can’t wait to make it.

P.S. What’s even better is that I don’t eat ground beef, so with using turkey my mouth is already watering (I typically substitute turkey anyways, but sometimes it’s just not the same).


Diane October 14, 2010 at 10:26 am

OMG, a great new dish for football Sundays !! And I think I’ll make sweet potato fries to go with it. Great, it’s only Wednesday and I want it now, not sure if I can wait for Sunday !


Rich October 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm

got to try this one


Angela @ Diary of a Deaf Girl October 13, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Oh yuuumm! This looks good for many reasons. I was about to add Sloppy Joes from The Pioneer Woman’s site to my recipe list for the week, but had to scratch it because I keep forgetting that my father-in-law (who’s staying with us) can’t have all the sugar from the items in it. This is SO much better for all of us. Thanks for posting!


Rachel October 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Whenever I see Sloppy Joes I think of that song from Saturday Night Live with Adam Sandler and Chris Farley…”Slop. Sloppy Joes! Slop. Sloppy Joes!”

Thank you for toasting the bun. Thank you! It’s very necessary to toast the damn bun!


Susan October 13, 2010 at 5:29 am

Accidently stumbled across your website today. Yummy looking sloppy joe. Will have to bookmark your site, so it will be easy to return for future reference.


Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary October 13, 2010 at 5:12 am

These look amazing! My hubby and kids would gobble these up!


Jordan P October 12, 2010 at 7:09 pm

And I just am jonesing for sloppy joes now!


Jordan P October 12, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I’m a follower on facebook!


Jordan P October 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Oi I’d love to win this giveaway! or at least win a sloppy joe.


Nive October 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Love to win this giveaway..thanks..


Andrea October 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I just became a fan on Facebook!


Andrea October 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Oh! I would love a copy!


Amy October 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Cheryl – I hadn’t had one in a while either…these really hit the spot.

Peg – I have several of their other ones, too. I owe my sister big time for introducing me several months ago.

Shelley – Yep, this one is in there (although I changed it slightly.) And there are a slew of other great recipes also. I’ve made most of them. Good luck!


Shelley October 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm

If this is a preview for what’s in that magazine then sign me up! Yum.


Peg October 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

That looks fabulous and what a great variation on a traditional sandwich. Would love a copy of this Cuisine Tonight issue! I have a few of their specialty mags but not this one.


Cheryl October 12, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Oh my Amy. That is eye popping. I haven’t had a sloppy joe in a long time and now I’ll be craving one until I make this.


Amy October 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Melissa – Why thank you! FoodGawker rejected it, wtf? You’ll be happy to know, I at least swallowed the cookie. It’s not like I chewed it and spit it out, wasting good flour and sugar. Now that is horrifying.


Melissa October 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

That really does look great Amy. Something about the way you photographed it, I can really taste it.


You crazy, woman, you crazy…


Lauren at KeepItSweet October 12, 2010 at 11:06 am

interesting twist on sloppy joes!


Amy October 12, 2010 at 10:34 am

Natasha – Thanks!

Roberta – These were a hit with my kids. Although I needed to sort of separate all the ingredients for the younger one. But if that’s the way he’ll eat it, then I’ll do it.

Debbi – Me too, Debbi. I love the traditional tomato/vinegar versions, but this was a really wonderful change.

Mom – Ya well…sigh. He’s missing out, once again. I’ll make them for you next time you’re up.

Chris – Hee hee. I know. I wanted one after my workout. At 9:30 am.

Kristen – They are as yummy as they look. Trust me.

Kristy – Lol. It’s all good. Love seeing you over in my neck of the woods!

Joanne – Mmmm, honey. You don’t like it, really? We’ll need to work on this. Together. I love it. Chicken tenders drenched in honey right about now sound fantastic actually.

Carla – Isn’t it a great series? I have a subscription also, but also buy a lot of their special edition magazines like this one. I’m addicted!

Astrid – I hear ya! Sandwiches are such a great invention. So versatile and easy. And this mag is loaded with great ones.


Astrid October 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

I love love love sandwiches, so I would love a copy of the magazine. They are seriously my favorite food group.


Carla October 12, 2010 at 9:40 am

I love Cuisine at Home magazine. I have been a subscriber for a couple or years. Thanks for having this giveaway.


Joanne October 12, 2010 at 9:22 am

Mmm yeah. Trying to lose weight sucks. I’ve started fantasizing about honey. And I don’t even LIKE honey all that much. At least not straight.

I would like to know the neuronal circuitry that changes to produce THAT craving.

These sloppy joes look incredible. I’ve never seen a sloppy joe before and thought DAMN I need that in my life. Until today.


the wicked noodle October 12, 2010 at 9:18 am

aaaand I left a comment. Woot!


the wicked noodle October 12, 2010 at 9:17 am

I “liked” you…kinda shocked to see I hadn’t done that long ago!


the wicked noodle October 12, 2010 at 9:17 am

That sandwich looks awesome! Such a great way to improve the ol’ sloppy joe!


Kristen J October 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

My mouth is watering!! Who knew sloppy joes could look so amazingly good? Mmmm


Chris Heiden October 12, 2010 at 8:59 am

Can I have that sandwich now?


Mom October 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

As you won’t be surprised, although this looks very enticing, it wouldn’t go over in this household with the “king of the castle.” You’ll have to make it for me when I visit by myself.
I know I’d enjoy it.


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy October 12, 2010 at 8:05 am

I LOVE sloppy joes and am always looking for new ways to make them! This will be made for sure! Thanks!! Great giveaway too!


Roberta October 12, 2010 at 7:25 am

Can’t wait to try it- I think my kids will love it too……….. love new ideas!!!!!!


5 Star Foodie October 12, 2010 at 6:34 am

That sloppy joe sandwich looks awesome, definitely drool-worthy!


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