Now, you could buy a jar of premade sauce, but why spend the extra cash when it's so easy to make this from items you already have in your pantry or fridge? It’s a forgiving recipe, too. I prefer a mix of ketchup and plain tomato sauce, but you can easily use all of one or the other, depending on what you have on-hand.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 ¼ pound lean ground beef or turkey
- 1 small onion, diced
- ¼ cup finely diced green bell pepper
- ¾ cup tomato sauce
- ¾ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup water
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoon cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
- Pinch ground cloves
- Salt and pepper
- Rolls or Hamburger buns
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Cook the ground turkey with the onions, diced bell pepper, and a pinch each of salt and black pepper, until turkey is browned and cooked through.
- Stir in the tomato sauce, ketchup, water, sugar, vinegar, mustard, cinnamon, celery seed, and ground cloves. Bring to a simmer, and allow to cook for 25-30 minutes, or until liquid is reduced to desired thickness.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve on your favorite hamburger buns.