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!

Tex Mex Sloppy Joes

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!

Tex Mex Sloppy Joes

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!

Tex Mex Sloppy Joes

Tex Mex Sloppy Joes
Yield: 6 servings

Tex Mex Sloppy Joes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

A fun twist on the classic sloppy joe! These Tex Mex Sloppy Joes are made with black beans, green chiles, and Mexican spices!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 ounces diced green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • approx. 1 1/2 cups plain tomato sauce
  • 6 hamburger buns


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the ground beef and break up with a spatula as it cooks. Season with salt.
  2. As soon as the beef starts to brown, about 5-7 minutes, add in the black beans, green chiles, seasonings, and the tomato sauce. Lower the heat to medium low. Let the mixture simmer for about 5 more minutes. Add additional salt and/or sauce as needed. Serve on hamburger rolls with desired toppings.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 sandwich

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 683mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 31g

Tex Mex Sloppy Joes