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Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes Recipe

These Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes can be made as spicy as you like. Be sure to grab a fork because you’re going to want to pile on this filling.

Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes Recipe

When I was growing up I thought it was a special meal when we had tacos. If we’d had this Spicy Sloppy Joe recipe, I think the mere taco would have been dwarfed in comparison!

We didn’t have any fast food restaurants in our town so tacos would have been just about as close to fast food as we could get.

Even then I wondered why tacos had such a small amount of meat in them. They just didn’t know about Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes. Sad, very sad.

Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes

Our tacos seasoning blend came from …you guessed it…a packet. I didn’t care tacos were just about the best food ever.

I always thought when I get older I’m going to make the filling and to heck with the shell. When you go out for a taco most people start with at least two tacos and the shell is usually what fills you up.

Not with this Spicy Beef Sloppy Joe. You can pile as much filling on them as your plate can handle.

These Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes are so good, and I love the filling with the bun versus the taco shell. I usually load mine so full I have to use a fork. Just like I always dreamed of doing.

Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes

The funny thing about these sloppy joes is that I thought it was kind of an original idea. Not so, there are other people that had similar dreams. It’s the Spicy Beef Sloppy Joe’s sisterhood.

Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes Recipe
Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes recipe

Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes could easily be made with pulled beef, chicken or pork and you can make them as spicy as you want.

Or if you’re looking for a Turkey Sloppy Joe, this is definitely a no-guilt recipe.

Especially when you make your own Homemade Taco Seasoning. It’s what I used in this recipe and always keep on hand. It was perfect for these sloppy joes but it would also be amazing in soup, stew or even as a dry rub.

Don’t have time to make them now? Pin it for later!

Sometimes it has to be tacos, and these taco recipes are amazing!

Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes Recipe

Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
These Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes can be made as spicy as you like. Be sure to grab a fork because you’re going to want to pile on this filling.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword: Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes
Servings: 6 Servings


Garnishes: Cheddar Cheese and Cilantro (optional)


    • Cook ground beef and diced onion together in a large skillet until beef is cooked through.  Drain grease from the skillet.  
    • Add taco seasoning, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and diced tomatoes and green chilies.   Simmer until any extra juices have cooked off. 
    • Serve on brioche or hamburger buns.  Garnish with cheddar cheese and cilantro if desired.


    Calories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 20gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 552mgPotassium: 489mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 55IUVitamin C: 6.8mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 3.2mg

    Nutritional Disclaimer

    This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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    Recipe Rating

    Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Wednesday 14th of March 2018

    It is a good thing that it is almost lunch time, your photos of your spicy sloppy joes are making me hungry.

    Julie Menghini

    Friday 16th of March 2018

    Thank you, Karen!


    Wednesday 7th of March 2018

    I remember those packet spices all too well and I would definitely pile the spicy beef quite high as well. Looks absolutely delicious Julie

    frugal hausfrau

    Sunday 4th of March 2018

    Oooh, Mexican style sloppy joes!! I love it! And love all that cheesy goodness, too!


    Julie Menghini

    Wednesday 7th of March 2018

    Thank you, Mollie! Mexican anything is my fav!

    Antonia (Zoale)

    Thursday 1st of March 2018

    I haven't had sloppy joes in so long. This is a great reminder! They look absolutely scrumptious!

    Julie Menghini

    Wednesday 7th of March 2018

    Thank you Antonia! I'm with you I need to make them more often too!

    Ushmana Rai

    Saturday 24th of February 2018

    This is straight up my alley! Who wouldn't love sloppy joes? Thank you for the recipe, this is great! Surely my family would love this for a brunch tomorrow!

    Julie Menghini

    Thursday 1st of March 2018

    Thank you so much Ushmana! I really like a quick and delicious meal for those busy days. If you have a chance to make it please let me know what you think!

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