Two moms. Five daughters. Opposite ends of the globe.

Two moms. Five daughters. A friendship that spans opposite ends of the globe.

We have been best friends for ages with a shared love for good food. A desire of good health for ourselves and our families have lead us to exploring the paleo lifestyle together. Enjoy our adventure!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Accidental Sloppy Joe

Known by many names including barbecues, yum yums, and juicy burgers (or perhaps savoury mince roll if you're a friend of Kelle's from Australia)... what is not to love about a good homemade sloppy joe? Except that I didn't start out making sloppy joe tonight. Cool temperatures have put a chill in the air and I was going to celebrate fall's arrival in Alaska with a big pot of chili. Fortunately, somewhere between pulling out all the ingredients and serving up bowls of steaming hot chili, the mixture in the pan tasted so good, I just stopped and served it as-is. Voila! The best sloppy joe I've ever cobbled together!

Serves 4, with plenty of leftovers


  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 T fresh herbs, chopped
  • 1 T basil
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 T chile powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 can tomatoes with chiles, blended in a food processor


  1. Heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Fry onion, bell pepper, and garlic, until onion begins to caramelize.
  3. Mix in herbs, basil, Italian seasoning, cumin, chile powder, and bay leaves.
  4. Add pork, beef, and turkey. Fry until meat is cooked through.
  5. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and mix well.
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes then serve.
Note: The chili that never happened was going to have beef broth and additional seasoning added.

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