Zesty Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Kid friendly, delicious and nutritious - this recipe provides a full serving of vegetables in every serving.  Black beans and  ground turkey provide fiber and lean protein.  Customize the heat level with the amount of chipotle pepper you choose to add!

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Slow Cooker Time: 4 hours (on High) or 8 hours (on LOW)

3 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup shredded OR chopped carrots
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 cup frozen corn
2 cans (15 ounces each) no salt added tomato sauce
2 tablespoons no added salt tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin seed
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
To taste, black medium grind pepper
1/2 to 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (use 1/2 for mild or 1 for spicy), optional
1 pound 98% lean ground turkey breast
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
12 whole wheat hamburger buns

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add garlic, onion, bell pepper, carrots, mushrooms and corn.  Saute for 5 minutes until vegetables are slightly tender and onions are translucent.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Stir together tomato sauce, tomato paste, cumin, mustard, vinegar, molasses, Whrcestershire sauce, black pepper and chipotle if desired, in a large bowl. 

Add ground turkey to slow cooker, breaking up into smaller pieces with a large spoon or spatula.  Add sauteed vegetables, tomato mixutre and black beans; stir to combine. 

Cover and cook 4 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW.

To serve, scoop a 1/2 cup portion on to a sliced bun. 


Recipe provide courtesy of Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, ACSM Health Fitness Specialist