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Sloppy Dude


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1 pound ground turkey breast

  • 16 tomatillos, paper skins removed and rinsed thoroughly, coarsely chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped

  • Zest and juice of 1 lime

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 2 small, ripe avocados, pitted and scooped from skins

  • 4 crusty rolls, such as Kaiser rolls

  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 plum or small vine-ripe tomatoes, sliced

  • 1 bag healthful corn tortilla chips, such as brown rice and black bean, flax seed or blue corn and sesame – a variety of brands are available on the snack aisle of larger grocery stores


Pre-heat the broiler to high.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with two turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the ground turkey breast and get aggressive with breaking it up – it’s 99% lean so it takes some doing to break it down. 

While the turkey is browning up, place the tomatillos in a food processor and pulse into a coarse sauce. Add the tomatillos, onion, garlic and jalapeño to the browned turkey and season with lime zest, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, then add stock and simmer for 5 minutes more.

While everything is simmering away and getting “sloppy,” mash the avocados with lime juice using a fork. 

Split and toast the rolls until light golden under the broiler. 

To assemble a Sloppy Dude, slop turkey and tomatillo filling on bun bottom top with onions and tomato and slather the bun tops with mashed avocado before setting in place. Serve with a few chips alongside. 

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