Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes

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Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com - if you like bacon, jalapenos, and the smoky flavors of chili powder, cumin and coriander, this version is for you! #recipes #dinner

I have only a very small rotation of meals that Doodle will eat without turning up his nose, deeming it “gross,” or deciding that he is “not hungry.”  These meals basically include: spaghetti, tacos, grilled (plain) chicken, Tilapia, and…Sloppy Joes.

To be honest, I’ve never been a huge Sloppy Joe fan.  However, since I live with a picky 5-year old and a husband who likes to eat meat, I’ve had no choice but to convert.  But I’m not caving in to the traditional, boring old Joe.  Nope, if I’m making something that’s basically ground beef and tomato sauce…well, I’ve got to up the ante.

Tex-Mex style it is!

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com - if you like bacon, jalapenos, and the smoky flavors of chili powder, cumin and coriander, this version is for you! #recipes #dinner

If you like bacon and jalapeño, and the smoky flavors of chili powder, cumin and coriander, then this is the sandwich for you!  Give this version a try the next time you want to jazz up your usual weeknight rotation.

And…if you have any (picky) kid-friendly meals, please link ’em up below!

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • optional: Fritos, pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos, red onion
  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and set aside. Add the ground beef to the pan and brown over medium high heat. Add bacon, onion, jalapeno, garlic, and spices to the ground beef. Cook until the onion is softened, approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Combine tomato sauce, broth, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, vinegar and hot sauce in a medium bowl. Pour over the beef mixture and simmer until the liquid reduces slightly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Spoon beef mixture onto hamburger buns or rolls, and garnish if desired.
recipe from EveryDay with Rachel Ray, April 2013
Nutrition Information
Serving size: makes 4 sandwiches


  1. Sarah

    It’s Man Approved Monday over at my blog. Please stop by and bring a dish to share! While you’re there you can check out the featured recipe from last week. Next week it you could be your recipe that’s Man Approved!
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    • Ashley

      These were definitely a nice change for us!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Nicole. We liked this version, too. I’ll definitely make this again–it was a fun change for something a little different!

    • Ashley

      Sloppy Joes seem to be a universal kid favorite! 🙂 I have to admit, I had to leave the onions and jalepenos out of my kiddo’s portion – somehow he always manages to sniff them out, no matter how finely I chop ’em.

    • Ashley

      I think Fritos make everything better, don’t you?? 😉

  2. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    PLEASSEEEEE send Doodle to come hang out with me for a week. I LOVE sloppy joe’s but never get to have them since my family hates them. I always see amazing versions of it like THIS (omg!!) but I know no one will budge on their invalid hatred for the sandwich.

    Good news is, I can eat it all myself 🙂

    I LOVE this!
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    • Ashley

      LOL, there are many days I’d like to ship him off for a week. 🙂 He is a sloppy joe loving kid though, so he’d be awfully happy eating these sandwiches with you, followed by some of your birthday cake S’mOreos.

  3. Nancy

    I have not had a sloppy joe in ages. This makes me want one. Sounds yummy.

    • Ashley

      Oooh, let me know about the juice cleanse…I’ve always wanted to try one, but I have a feeling I’d last about 20 minutes before I started raiding the pantry for chips and cookies.

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Elizabeth. You can’t go wrong adding bacon to anything!

  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    I have and ALWAYS will love sloppy joes! I haven’t had one in about 4 years though. Oh my gosh, WAY too long. I want one of these for lunch right now. Can you send me one? It’s already sloppy so the mail wouldn’t do much damage. 😉

  5. Terry

    Made these for dinner last night – going on my list of favs. LOVE, LOVE, LOVED ‘EM!!
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    • Ashley

      Oh yay! I am so glad that you liked these, Terry. Hmmm…I’m thinking I need to make them again soon!

  6. Kelly

    This meal was so delicious!! Definitely will be making this again!!

  7. Ashley @ Cheesecakes by Ashley

    I’m making these tonight for dinner, my kids are really excited!! Thank you for sharing 🙂



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