Spicy Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes

Between all the salads and swimsuit-conscious meals, I love to make saucy, manly meals like this for my husband and I to enjoy! Ya know, the ones that you need to serve with a pile of napkins and lean over the plate to eat. Oh yeah…

That’s what these sandwiches are. Scrumptious, messy, and totally sloppy… with a bit of Tex-Mex flair!

You can make these with ground chicken or turkey instead, and wrap it up in a big lettuce leaf if you’d like. (Note: Go on with your healthy self!) But since we don’t indulge in it much, I used beef and big, hearty whole wheat buns.

You see, these are also healthy. ‘Cuz, uh… Whole wheat.

Let’s go with that, mmkay?

These delicious, spicy sandwiches totally made my meat-lovin’ manivore’s day! But, food wise, the man is easy to please. Let’s get the one whose opinion really counts – the lady of the house!

Verdict: I thought these were AWESOME.*

*This may or may not have to do with the fact that I made them.

Onions, bell peppers, corn, jalapenos and cilantro combine with your ground meat and a few savory seasonings in a pipin’ hot pan. A mixture of ketchup and Worcestershire sauce is all you need for the sauce. Slap down a few pickle slices and a lot of napkins for serving, and dinner’s done!

Make a big pan-full for backyard BBQ’s, or just enjoy these on a weeknight that calls for something with a kick. I know you’ll love these delicious, easy to make sandwiches!

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Spicy Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes

Yield: Makes 6 (1 roll and 1/2 cup filling)

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn

1 lb. ground beef, chicken breast or turkey breast

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

3/4 cup ketchup

4 teaspoons low-sodium Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

6 whole grain sandwich-style buns*

Dill pickle slices, optional

Directions:

In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic and corn. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally.

Stir in ground meat, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes more, or until meat is no longer pink. Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and cilantro; heat through.

Divide mixture among rolls. If desired, top with pickle slices.

Enjoy!

TIP

You can also use large leaf lettuce (Bibb, iceberg, etc.) instead of buns for a low-carb lettuce wrap sloppy joe!

Adapted from Diabetic Living

      

36 Responses to “Spicy Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 15, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    Your sloppy joes are anything but sloppy! Love the Tex-Mex flavors you added!

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    Kathryn — May 15, 2013 @ 4:36 am

    These look amazing! Love those tex mex flavours and your photos are making me so hungry!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 15, 2013 @ 6:20 am

    YUM! These look awesome, lady!

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    Sandra's Easy Cooking — May 15, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    Those look so, so delicious and pictures are just screaming at me, make me soon! Great recipe and the post. Have a great day, Georgia!

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    Joanne — May 15, 2013 @ 6:45 am

    I love adding new flavors to traditional comfort foods and the tex-mex flair in these sounds so good! Messy…but good. :P

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    Vicki Bensinger — May 15, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    Growing up sloppy Joe were my favorite sandwich and to this day I still adore them. Although I’ve never had a spiced up versin I’m sure I will love it.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 15, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    O My…I love this sloppy joes! That closeup of sandwich is killing me!

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    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — May 15, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    My husband would LOVE these! Ok, I totally would to :)

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    Tieghan — May 15, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Oh my!! These look incredible!! Wow, perfect for summer!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — May 15, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Oh my goodness, this recipe would be a total WIN in our household. So yummy!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet@gmail.com — May 15, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Sloppy Joes are on our menu plan for tonight! These look great, my kiddos don’t do spicy but I would enjoy them!

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    Laura — May 15, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    I love the fun Tex-Mex twist! And the photos look fabulous – it’s not easy to make a sloppy Joe look good. Will be trying these soon!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 15, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Get on my plate! MMM these look delicious! These sloppy joes are perfect for the boyfriend and I!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 15, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    I haven’t had sloppy joes in years! My mom always made them for us growing up. I have to make them with all the ground turkey we have right now. And no lettuce leaves – I’d go with whole wheat buns like this!

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    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — May 15, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    My boys would love these-yum!

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    Monet — May 15, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    These look so good Georgia! The only thing I would omit? The corn. For some reason I can’t stand corn right now. Weird, huh? I’m sure I’d add it back in though once these crazy pregnancy aversions/cravings went away. Thank you for sharing, sweet girl!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — May 15, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    I would give a huge BRAVO to anyone who can make sloppy joes look absolutely delicious!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — May 15, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    Would you believe that I’ve never had a sloppy joe in my entire life?! Isn’t that bizarre? I keep seeing posts for them + they look SO good – like tacos-meet-hamburgers or something like that. =) Yours look awesome so I’ve gotta try this recipe ASAP!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — May 15, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    Yum – what a great idea to make them Tex-Mex. Gotta love a good sloppy joe every once in awhile, it has been far too long since I have made them!

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    Jaclyn — May 15, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

    These look so good – definitely need to pin these! Love that they are tex mex!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — May 15, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    I want to take a giant bite through my screen!

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    Jeanette — May 15, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    I love the idea of Tex-Mex spices in Sloppy Joes! I just made sloppy joes a few weeks ago and my youngest loved it (so fun to eat messy once in a while!).

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 15, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    Fabulous recipe, Georgia! Sloppy Joe’s are a favorite of mine!

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    ashley - baker by nature — May 15, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    I am so in need of a good ol’ sloppy joe night! And these ones look perfect.

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — May 15, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

    I loooooove sloppy joes! Sadly, I am the only one in my house who can appreciate the complex beauty that is a perfect sloppy joe sandwich. Thankfully, though, that means I don’t have to share :) love this tex-mex spin on things!

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    Vane — May 15, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    I need this tex mex sloppy joe in my life. I want to devour it right now!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — May 15, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

    So comforting. And believe it, i’ve never had a sloppy joe before. Ever :D

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    Lail | With A Spin — May 16, 2013 @ 12:14 am

    Oh my! This sloppy joe looks incredibly delicious.

    Fist time on your blog and glad to have found it.

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    Liz — May 16, 2013 @ 6:13 am

    Gosh, these look SO much better than ordinary sloppy joe’s! What a marvelous idea!!!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — May 16, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    Oooh, these look right up our alley! Thanks for a delicious idea!

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    Pam — May 16, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    Now that is my kind of Sloppy Joe! It looks fantastic.

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    Reeni — May 16, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    Sloppy sandwiches are the best! These are so tasty lookin’ Georgia!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — May 17, 2013 @ 2:01 am

    I’m in the US for the past 15 years yet I have never tried sloppy joes! Ahh! I need to change that soon. I’m not sure if I can tolerate spiciness (hehee) but making it at home will give it more flexible. Your pictures made me drool big time!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 18, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    I could definitely go for this “manly meal”, especially with Jason being home for the entire summer!

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    Carrie Gregg — January 21, 2014 @ 11:28 am

    OMG! These sandwiches were delicious! My husband and I made them for dinner last night, and there are none left today for lunches! I referenced your post on my blog – I hope that is okay with you. Thanks again for posting this recipe! Delicious!

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    Jessica — May 25, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

    These sloppy joes were amazing! I just made them tonight. All your recipes I have made r fantastic! Keep them coming.

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