Sloppy Joes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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2 tablespoons olive oil

1 red bell pepper, finely chopped 

1 yellow onion, finely chopped 

Kosher salt 

4 cloves garlic, minced 

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 

1 teaspoon paprika 

2 pounds ground turkey 

2 tablespoons tomato paste 

2 teaspoons harissa paste 

2 teaspoons brown sugar 

One 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes 

2 slices preserved lemon, rinsed and finely chopped 

8 pita (store-bought or homemade)

Sliced pickles, crumbled feta and chopped fresh parsley, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper, onion and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin and paprika and cook for another minute. Add the turkey and sprinkle it with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon or spatula, until browned all the way through. Add the tomato paste, harissa, brown sugar and tomatoes. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes. Stir in the preserved lemon. Taste and adjust the seasoning as desired. 
  3. To serve, stack the pitas and wrap in in foil. Heat the oven until warm, a few minutes. Cut the tops off and fill with the turkey mixture. Top with the pickles, feta and parsley.