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Sloppy Joes

Fresh cilantro, pickled jalapenos, and sliced avocado give Sloppy Joes a Southwestern accent.

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  • Servings: 4
Sloppy Joes

Source: Everyday Food, September 2005


  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef chuck
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can tomato puree (14.5 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger rolls, cut into mini buns
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeno chiles
  • 2 hoagie rolls, split in half
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, thinly sliced


  1. For the Kids (Serves 2): In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef, breaking apart pieces with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add pureed tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, Worcestershire, and 1 1/2 cups water. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Reserve half the beef mixture for the adults. Divide remaining evenly among the mini buns (2 per serving).

  3. For the Adults (Serves 2): Stir cilantro and jalapenos into the reserved beef mixture. Dividing evenly, spoon over bottom halves of rolls; top with avocado slices.

Cook's Note

Children will handle mini buns easily; cut them out from regular buns with a round biscuit or cookie cutter. Save the scraps from the cut buns to make homemade croutons or breadcrumbs.

Reviews (11)

  • coco2825 15 Sep, 2011

    One of our favorite recipes - great with the beef although I use less beef and add diced zucchini at the end of cooking time. LOVE IT!

  • Nugent 28 Aug, 2008

    Its me again with a new review. The leftovers of the turkey sloppy joe's made great sauce over pasta. I used a fresh jalapeno which just needed the night to rest to make the sauce spicy and really tasty. Sorry Martha for the hasty review of earlier.

  • Nugent 28 Aug, 2008

    I tried this last night using Turkey adding the cilantro and jalapenos and it was the most bland boring thing I have ever tasted.

  • djlaredo 28 Aug, 2008

    That's funny! Beef for turkey? I wonder where the recipe was copied from.

  • AmyRandle 28 Aug, 2008

    I don't see any trukey in the recipe. I do see a cucmber in the picture- also not in recipe. Is this a test?

  • pdvasil 27 Aug, 2008

    Did I miss something - it says turkey sloppy joes - where's the turkey?

  • lsolo 27 Aug, 2008

    The email link stated this was a recipe for Turkey Sloppy Joes. The ingredients calls for beef! A big difference. We make ground turkey sloppy joes all the time. To lower the carb content, use low carb tortillas instead of high carb. bread buns. Tastes great! Editors: watch your proofreading! Turkey is not beef!

  • pmelros 27 Aug, 2008

    Second time for this...most unappitizing picture I have ever seen, I think the M. S. staff could do much better.

  • pmelros 27 Aug, 2008

    that is the most unappitizing picture I have ever seen, I think the M. S. staff could do much better

  • CourtneyFFox 28 Mar, 2008

    the spicy version isn't very spicy and i added extra jalapenos. Skip the kid version. This was delicious. We substituted ground turkey instead of beef. Turned out great!

  • mejan 8 Jan, 2008

    This is a fantastic recipe! It tastes especially good on warmed up pieces of baguette. My children prefer the spicy version.

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