So The Leftovers is back on HBO and I’m still utterly confused as to what’s happening. I actually have no idea why I’m still tuning in. Quite frankly, it may be strictly for a glimpse of Justin Theroux. Just sayin’.
There aren’t many other shows I’ve been keeping up with because I can’t seem to get into any. I’ve already watched Bloodline, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Bates Motel and The Vampire Diaries (don’t judge me on that one). What I’m really waiting for is a return of Game of Thrones or The Americans. Or maybe they’ll just put Dawson’s Creek and Felicity both on Netflix? Everyone knows that throwbacks are truly the best.
Another throwback I can’t seem to get enough of? SLOPPY JOES.
Hell yes. The goodness that is sloppy messy meat in a slightly sweet (and spicy!) tomato sauce. I swear I could eat it every day for the rest of my life. Also, will someone please invent a sloppy joe food truck? Just think of all the possibilities…
Sloppy joes on a waffle.
Sloppy joes in a taco.
Sloppy joes on a bun.
Sloppy joes chip dip.
Sloppy joes forever and ever, guys.
These particular turkey sloppy joes are made from scratch. None of that Manwich business up in my joes, just simple ingredients here. My favorite sloppy joe sauce is made from tomato sauce, a few tablespoons of ketchup for sweetness, spices, soy sauce and yellow mustard. I love it because it’s not overly sweet like most sloppy joes, but it still tastes like that sauce you remember from your childhood. And on top of cornbread waffles? Oh yes, you really must.
To make the waffles, I used my wonderful new waffle iron. This thing is beyond amazing. I was able to bake two waffles at once, plus they were fluffy and didn’t stick to the pan at all. If you are in the market, I highly recommend this one!
Everything about this recipe is my favorite. I hope you’ll get a chance to try it out. Let me know if you do by leaving a comment below. You can also snap a pic, upload it to Instagram and tag #ambitiouskitchen so I can see your creations! xo.
Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes on Whole Wheat Cornbread Waffles
Spicy, healthy turkey sloppy joes on delicious fluffy whole wheat cornbread waffles. Yes, comfort food can be good for you!
- For the sloppy joes:
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 pound 99% lean ground turkey
- 1 white onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 - 14 oz can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon gluten free soy sauce
- For the cornbread waffles:
- 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
Place olive oil in a dutch oven or a large pot and place over medium heat. Add in olive oil, turkey, onion, peppers and garlic. Stir frequently; breaking up the turkey meat as you go. Cook until turkey is no longer pink and onions are somewhat translucent.
Next, add in chili powder, cumin, onion powder and cayenne; stir for 30 seconds to allow spices to cook a bit. Then stir in tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
While the sloppy joes are simmering you can preheat your waffle iron.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. In a separate medium bowl, mix together egg, maple syrup, olive oil, applesauce and almond milk until well combined. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
Spray waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Add about 1/2 of batter to waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer's directions. Once waffle is cooked, place in 200 degree F oven to keep warm or you can just toast them up later if they get cold!). Repeat with remaining batter. Makes 2 large Belgian waffles.
To serve, place two waffles on plate and top with 1/4th of the sloppy joe meat. Garnish with cheese, if desired. Serves 4.
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You don’t even know how happy I am that you watched the Vampire Diaries. I am obsessed and can’t wait until the new season starts TOMORROW!
Until then, I will just have to shovel these waffles into my face. LOVE that you put sloppy joes on a waffle! Pinned!
I am loving this idea and using ground turkey makes it so much healthier! Perfect for serving today. Thanks for sharing!
(a) These look amazing and (b) just watched Leftovers last night and OMG spot on. Now I am even more confused. But will continue to watch because it’s like crack for the soul:-)
growing up, my mom would make the sloppy joes from the can for me at least once a week! I love the idea of a beautiful sloppy mess on top of a cornbread waffle! This is just genius!
Homeland and The Affair are both back on Showtime and are awesome. Also, the new Muppets show is hysterical!
GIRL! Turkey chilli waffles?! What what! This looks amazing!
This is all I’ve ever wanted. Chicken and waffles is probably my favorite combination of all time, but since I can’t successfully make fried chicken myself this is the perfect solution!
you had me at cornbread waffles
Ugh, there are so many cool things to do with Sloppy Joes! I’m already thinking of pretty outrageous ones–sloppy joe oatmeal, sloppy joe and eggs, sloppy joe sushi, sloppy joe pasta! Don’t judge me but these actually don’t sound too bad!
I have all of these things in my house – my hubby is getting a surprise for dinner tomorrow!
Hmm never thought to do that. Have to try this too!
These look absolutely amazing! I love this lightened up version of sloppy joes. As a breakfast lover, I also love the fact that you made them on waffles! You mixed health, sloppy joes, cornbread, and waffles; I am in awe! I included it in my “Kick Start The New Year #2: 15 Healthy Dinners” post because they look so freaking good!
This was delicious. I used ground chicken (first time trying it, I liked it very much) instead of turkey and make cornbread muffins ( recipe made 9) instead. It was wonderful. I will be making again! Thank you !!
That’s fabulous to hear. I love ground chicken too! I often just ask the butchers to grind up chicken breast for me to make ground chicken. 🙂
Made this for dinner tonight and it was absolute delish! Thanks for the yummy recipe.
I dont have a waffle maker. Is there a way to get the same kind of cook (without the built-in cups, of course) by cooking on the stove?