Spicy Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes

Kick up the spice in your weeknights with these scrumptious, easy Tex-Mex sloppy joes!

Spicy Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes – Kick up the spice in your weeknights with these scrumptious, easy Tex-Mex sloppy joes! | thecomfortofcooking.com

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!

Spicy Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes – Kick up the spice in your weeknights with these scrumptious, easy Tex-Mex sloppy joes! | thecomfortofcooking.com

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?

Spicy Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes – Kick up the spice in your weeknights with these scrumptious, easy Tex-Mex sloppy joes! | thecomfortofcooking.com

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.

Spicy Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes – Kick up the spice in your weeknights with these scrumptious, easy Tex-Mex sloppy joes! | thecomfortofcooking.com

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)


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


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.



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”

  1. #
    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!

  20. #
    Jaclyn — May 15, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

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

  21. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — May 15, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    I want to take a giant bite through my screen!

  22. #
    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!

  24. #
    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!

  26. #
    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.

  29. #
    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!

  31. #
    Pam — May 16, 2013 @ 9:57 am

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

  32. #
    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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