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Turkey and Black Bean Sloppy Joe

From the kitchen of Marge Perry (NY Newsday).

Black beans seem to have a meatier, almost smoky flavor compared to other beans. In this sandwich they add depth and creamy texture as well as fiber and other nutrients to a traditional sloppy Joe.

Serves 6


  • 1 tsp oil, preferably olive
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14 ½ ounce) can diced tomato
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp mustard (such as spicy brown)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 6 hamburger buns (or Kaiser rolls)
  • 1 cup shredded light Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat oil over medium/high heat in a large skillet. Add onion, garlic and green pepper and cook 2 minutes. Add turkey, tomato, tomato paste, mustad, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, as mixture comes to a boil, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in black beans and cook 2 minutes, or until beans are warmed through.
  3. Spoon mixture onto buns, top with cheese, close sandwiches and serve immediately (before the bread disintegrates).

You can also place the sandwiches under the broiler and melt the cheese, or top the buns with the cheese and heat them in the toaster over or oven briefly to melt the cheese right on the bread. The latter method makes less mess.

Published by marco on

Updated by kath on