Tex Mex Sloppy Joes
Lunch Lady: “Have some more sloppy joes. I made ’em extra sloppy for yous. I know how yous kids like ’em sloppy.”
Billy Madison: “Lady, you’re scaring us!”
Raise your hand if you love a good sloppy joe, but haven’t had them in a very long time? That’s me right here. I don’t remember actually eating them too often as a kid, but I know I had them every once in a while and always enjoyed them.
I had a craving for them recently, but wanted to give the traditional recipe a Tex Mex twist because you guys know me, when don’t I want to give things a Tex Mex twist?!
The result though was a seriously delicious sandwich that was ready in just about 15 minutes making these perfection for quick weeknight meals!
The flavors of these sloppy joes definitely remind me of chili, which makes sense since you will need mostly the same ingredients to make these!
Most traditional sloppy joe recipes include lots of ketchup and even brown sugar in the sauce recipe. This Tex Mex version uses just plain tomato sauce. I personally prefer it to be less sweet and I didn’t really want sweet flavors with the cumin and chili powder. I used lean ground beef, but you could also use ground turkey or chicken too!
I add about 1 1/2 cups of plain tomato sauce to the recipe, but found myself pouring a bit more in at the very end. It’s totally up to you, but I like for my sloppy joes to be not too dry, but not so saucey they are dripping all over the place with each bite. Feel free to adjust the sauce however you prefer!
You can top them with sliced avocado as pictured. You could also stick some cheddar or pepper jack cheese slices on top and stick them under the broiler for a minute. I love them just plain too though and you can’t go wrong!
Serving Size: 1 sandwich
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 67mg Sodium: 683mg Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 5g Protein: 31g