Gobble Up Spicy Turkey Sloppy Tacos

While I love trying new recipes, most of the time I end up using them as launching pads. We've been eating a lot of turkey burgers in the Yum household and I was up for a change. So, knowing that there was a pound of ground turkey in the fridge, I suggested Sloppy Joes. We had most of the fixings, and just ran with it. Half way through we realized that in addition to not having any bell peppers, chiles, or green onions — which the original recipe called for — we also were out of bread or buns.

So what did we do? We put the sloppy mixture on to really hefty handmade corn tortillas and sprinkled it with cilantro! It was a fantastic way to use up the last of our tortillas and it ended up being really delicious. The corn flavor paired nicely with the sloppy joe seasonings, and the cilantro gave it a nice finish. In the end I was glad we decided to run with it despite not having all the ingredients.

If you want to see the recipe I started with — the nice kick comes from beer! — then just read more.

Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes

Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes

Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/4 cups ale or beer
3/4 cup bottled chili sauce or ketchup
1 4-ounce can diced green chilies
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup finely chopped green onions

6 sourdough rolls, split, toasted
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce or packaged garden salad mix


  1. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add turkey, green pepper and garlic and sauté until turkey is no longer pink, breaking up meat with back of fork, about 10 minutes.
  3. Mix in chili powder; stir 1 minute.
  4. Add next 4 ingredients.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until mixture thickens, stirring often, about 15 minutes.
  6. Mix in green onions; season with salt and pepper.
  7. Arrange roll bottoms on plates.
  8. Spoon sloppy joe mixture over; top with lettuce and roll tops.