Sloppy Joes

Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

Fresh cilantro, pickled jalapeños, and sliced avocado give Sloppy Joes a Southwestern accent. But not to worry, we offer up an iteration that's still kid-friendly.


  • 1 ¼ 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

  • ½ 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 beef 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 Notes

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.

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