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Tex Mex Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Yield: 8 1x


These are a mouthwatering spin on the classic sloppy joe. Tex Mex Style! Smoky, complex flavors, yet simple to make. Takes under an hour from start to finish. Perfect for feeding a crowd.


  • 2 lbs ground turkey (or beef)
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • olive or canola oil for cooking
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, carefully seeded and finely diced (wear gloves)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 TB oregano
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika (must be smoked for great flavor)
  • 2 TB Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • salt and cayenne pepper to taste
  • 2 TB freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Buns
  • Toppings: salsa, guacamole, cilantro, jalapenos, queso fresco (Mexican cheese)


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm up 1-2 TB oil. Add ground meat and sprinkle the surface generously with kosher salt, pepper, and 1 tsp garlic powder. Stir to combine well and cook until cooked through. Transfer to another dish and set aside.
  2. Warm up another 2-3 TB oil in same skillet. Add onions, bell pepper, and jalapeno. Stir and cook 3-5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, broth, tomato sauce, oregano, paprika, Worcestershire, and ketchup. Stir to combine well. Add the cooked ground meat back in. Cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Season with additional salt and cayenne to taste. Just before serving, add in the lime juice.
  4. Serve with toppings of choice and corn chips.
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