Crock Pot Turkey Sloppy Joes

My husband is a beef man.  As in, he would eat beef seven nights a week.

That is, if I'd cook it for him...but, I won't.  I sort of like the guy and want him to be around for a long time, so it's best not to indulge in all that saturated fat night after night, if you know what I mean.

Fish is out; he won't touch it.
Pork is out; he hates it.
If I make a vegetarian dish, I get the cliche, "where's the beef?".
So what does that leave me?  Turkey.

There's a few dishes that I can swap out the ground beef for ground turkey, and this is one of them.  I do get a couple of grumbles and moans when he realizes I'm using turkey, but I'm happy to say that this is one he likes.

And trust me, if he doesn't like it, he won't humor me and eat it just to be polite.  He even went back for seconds.  WIN!

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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1½ lbs ground turkey (I used 1¼ and it was fine)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ tsp hot sauce

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Saute the onion and garlic until softened.  
  2. Raise heat to medium high and add the ground turkey, salt and chili powder.  Cook until turkey is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the mixture to your slow cooker.  Stir in the brown sugar, tomato sauce, ketchup. water and hot sauce.  Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.  Serve on buns.

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  • I've always used my crock pot to cook this meal, but if you're short on time, I'm sure it would be just as good simmered on the stove top for about 20 minutes or so. 

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