Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Diet Soda Sloppy Joes

Who here misses good ol' sloppy joes? Who here has kids (or a husband in my case) that can't get enough of Joe's sloppiness? It's not like we celiacs can just crack open a can of Manwhich, fry up some meat, and toss it all on a gluten laden piece of bread. Now, believe it or not, I used to make this dish ALL the time in my gluten eating days. I wanted to satisfy my husband's craving for the sandwich AND make it more healthy for him. So I use lean turkey burger and diet soda. I also used to use good ol' diet coke, but since it has caramel color (a big no no for me) I use my trusty diet Mountain Dew.

You gotta trust me on this. It is really really yummy. You wouldn't think diet soda and turkey burger could create such flavor packed bites but they do. 

Diet Soda Sloppy Joes

1 lb turkey burger
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup red onion
For the Sauce
1 cup diet soda
1/2 tablespoon tamari soy sauce (use 1 tablespoon if using regular)
2 tablespoons mustard
1/3 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar or splenda
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon gluten free worchestershire sauce

In a large skillet, brown turkey burger on medium heat (lightly salted) along with the red bell peppers and onion. While turkey is cooking, whisk together the sauce ingredients. Pour sauce ingredients into the skillet and simmer until sauce reduces and thickens. Serve over your favorite piece of gluten free bread.

You just GOTTA try this out, you will not be disapointed :)

This recipe is featured on The Gluten Free Homemaker's Gluten Free Wednesdays


  1. I am currently working on a 'no tomato' sauce because my daughter can no long have tomatoes in her diet :( Will give this a try once I finish the other. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi Mary. Try steaming then puree carrots in place of the tomato paste. My mom can't have tomatoes either and I've found carrots make a good flavorful replacement. Good luck!

  3. When do you add the soda? When cooking the meat, or in the sauce?

  4. Hi there! Add the soda when mixing together the sauce ingredients. I apologize that I was not clear with that on the recipe. Thanks!

  5. By diet soda do you mean like "diet coke"?

  6. Why diet soda? Would regular soda work just as well just more calories?