Perfect for feeding a crowd or freezing for later, this recipe makes enough for 12 hearty sandwiches-or about 7 cups of soul-satisfying chili if you prefer to skip the buns. Serve on hamburger buns with red onion and pickle chips.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
6 3/4 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring broth to a boil in a Dutch oven. Stir in lentils; return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain in a colander.

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  • Heat oil in the Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and carrot; cook until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add turkey and garlic; cook, stirring to break up lumps, until turkey is browned. Drain any grease.

  • Stir in tomatoes, olives, chili powder, tomato paste, and vinegar. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Stir in cooked lentils; cook until heated through, about 2 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

To freeze: Cool completely, then divide evenly into 2 generous 3-cup portions, each enough for 6 sandwiches. Transfer each to a resealable plastic freezer bag; seal, label, and freeze up to 6 months. To serve, thaw 1 portion in fridge overnight. Transfer to a medium saucepan; cook, covered, over medium- low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 5 minutes.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of chicken broth. The actual amount of broth consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

196 calories; protein 16.3g; carbohydrates 21.9g; fat 5.4g; cholesterol 29.1mg; sodium 275.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (3)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2018
We loved this. Made it with beef instead of turkey. Thought is was even better the next day. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2018
Found this to be rather bland and not at all gloopy like a sloppy joe should be. I added about 1 t. salt and some course ground pepper. Added a bit of vegetable juice still sorta boring. Then tried a healthy shot of bbq sauce and that seemed to do the trick. Now I do admit to using fire roasted diced tomatoes vs. crushed could that be a factor? And glad I only used 2 t. chili powder still big chili powder taste. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 3
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Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2018
Found this to be rather bland and not at all gloopy like a sloppy joe should be. I added about 1 t. salt and some course ground pepper. Added a bit of vegetable juice still sorta boring. Then tried a healthy shot of bbq sauce and that seemed to do the trick. Now I do admit to using fire roasted diced tomatoes vs. crushed could that be a factor? And glad I only used 2 t. chili powder still big chili powder taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2020
My family thought this was the best sloppy joe recipe I have made. Very tasty. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2018
We loved this. Made it with beef instead of turkey. Thought is was even better the next day. Read More
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