It's a Keeper: Sloppy Dudes

I am a sucker for avocado. I admit it. When I see a Rachael Ray recipe that involves avocado, I pretty much put it in the mental "must make" file. That's what happened when I saw Rachael make Sloppy Dudes on her daytime talk show

We love turkey burgers, but I had never thought of doing sloppy joes with turkey meat instead of ground beef. I always laugh when I go to a restaurant where putting avocado on a menu item makes it "California style," but I think that's where Rach was going by calling these Sloppy Dudes.

I've mentioned before that I hardly ever make the same recipe twice, but I think this recipe may become a staple for us. I served it with some blue tortilla chips because I was feeling lazy. Next time I would add some veggies or a simple salad. Here's the recipe with my comments in brackets:

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
1 pound ground turkey breast [try to get the turkey breast if you can, since it is 99 percent lean, instead of the regular ground turkey breast.]
12-16 tomatillos, paper skins removed and rinsed thoroughly
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
Zest and juice of 1 lime, divided
Salt and black pepper
1 cup chicken stock
2 avocados, chopped
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, thickly sliced
4 crusty rolls, such as Kaiser rolls
Healthy tortilla chips

Preheat the broiler to high. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the ground turkey and cook, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

While the turkey is browning up, place the tomatillos in a food processor and pulse to grind down into small bits -- you can also chop them by hand. [I just chopped them by hand because I didn't have the energy to clean the food processor. I told you I was feeling lazy.]

Add some EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the tomatillos to the skillet with the turkey, along with the onion, garlic, jalapeño, cumin, lime zest and some salt and pepper. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes then add the chicken stock, bring up to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. [I had to add a little more chicken stock to make it a little more sloppy.]

While everything is simmering away and getting sloppy, prepare the toppings: In a small bowl, mash together the avocado and the lime juice. Slice the red onion and tomatoes and reserve. Toast the bread until slightly charred under the broiler. Assemble the Sloppy Dudes like this: Bun bottom, sloppy turkey mixture, avocado, onion and tomato and put a lid on it!

Serve with some funky, healthy tortilla chips alongside.


  1. If I were to make this recipe I think that I would either buy some tomatilo salsa or green taco sauce. Both would be a huge time saver in my opinion.

  2. I like the chunky factor of making it fresh, but salsa would work just fine, too!

  3. Tonight I am making these for the first time tonight:
    But it looks like I could easily make Sloppy Dudes with about the same ingredients too. Decisions, decisions. RR sure does make a mean burger (or sloppy)!

  4. That Salsa Verde burger is on my list of recipes to try (in the left hand sidebar)!


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