Turkey Joe's
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2-3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained & partially mashed
  • pickles for topping, optional
  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion & saute about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute.
  2. Add ground turkey and cook until no pink remains, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add tomato sauce, chili powder, brown sugar, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, water, and chickpeas, stirring to combine. Bring mixture to a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Spoon filling onto hamburger buns and top with pickle slices or slaw.
I gave a range on how much chili powder and brown sugar to add since everyone's tastes are different. I'd start with the minimum, let everything simmer a few minutes and then taste to see if it needs a little more heat or sweetness. Vinegar & red pepper flakes can also be adjusted to your liking. Every time I make this, I taste and adjust during the simmering!

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light September 2015.
Recipe by Heart & Stove at https://heartandstove.com/turkey-joes/