Tofu-Turkey Sloppy Joes Recipe

You’ll love this lean alternative to traditionally beefy sloppy joes.

| December 16, 2010


2 tablespoons canola oil, divided 
1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup) 
1 small red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1/2 cup) 
1 stalk celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1/4 cup) 
3 cloves garlic, minced 
8 ounces ground turkey 
8 ounces extra-firm tofu, pressed and crumbled to resemble ground meat 
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce 
1 tablespoon molasses 
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
1 teaspoon ground cumin 
1/2 cup beer 
1/4 cup water 
1 tablespoon malt vinegar 
Salt and pepper 
4 soft white hamburger rolls 
Butter, for toasted buns (optional) 
Grated cheddar cheese, for topping (optional) 
Minced onions or scallions, for topping (optional)  


Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 3 minutes, until translucent and beginning to soften. Add the bell pepper and celery and sauté for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds, just until fragrant. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and set aside.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the same skillet and return it to the heat. Drop the turkey into the hot pan in small chunks and brown for about 5 minutes, stirring and chopping occasionally. Add the tofu and sauté for 2 minutes more.

While the meat and tofu brown, in a bowl whisk together the tomato sauce, molasses, Worcestershire, mustard and cumin.

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