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!

Spicy Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes

Spicy Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes

Yield: 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Divide mixture among rolls. If desired, top with pickle slices.
  4. Enjoy!

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

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

  3. YUM! These look awesome, lady!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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!

  15. My boys would love these-yum!

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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!

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

  21. I want to take a giant bite through my screen!

  22. 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!).

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

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

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

  27. 5 stars
    Oh my! This sloppy joe looks incredibly delicious.

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

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

  29. 5 stars
    Gosh, these look SO much better than ordinary sloppy joe’s! What a marvelous idea!!!

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

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

  32. 5 stars
    Sloppy sandwiches are the best! These are so tasty lookin’ Georgia!

  33. 5 stars
    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!

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

  35. 5 stars
    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!

  36. 5 stars
    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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