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It’s like a fiesta for your taste buds! Imagine the yumminess of sloppy joes but with an awesome taco twist. With this recipe for Taco Joes, you’ll reach your daily value in smiles.

taco joes on a wooden plate

Today, I’m going to share with you a super fun and delicious recipe: Taco Joes.

This dish is perfect for family dinners, game nights, or whenever you want something hearty and tasty.

​I love finding recipes like this. When a combination comes along that seems a little weird, chances are, it’s good food, haha!

This taco joes recipe will be a huge hit in your home. I’ve got personal experience! Lily devoured the stuff, and that’s saying a lot!

​For Lily, though, good things come on hamburger buns, haha! In this case, she’s absolutely right. The combination of beef, spices, beans, and veggies in this dish is amazing.

No taco shells are needed for these. Going forward, these sandwiches might just be the most ordered items in your rotation!

Let’s dive into why this recipe is a total winner and how you can make it at home with ease. Here comes Taco Joes!

Some of our other favorite mexican style recipes we have on our site include: Smoky Chipotle Mexican Street Corn, Easy Taco Mexican Pasta Recipe (One Pot Meal), and Mexican Rice Casserole.

taco joes on a table top with ingredients

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Easy to Make: With simple steps and common ingredients, anyone can whip them up in no time.
  2. Crowd-Pleaser: Both kids and adults love the fun combination of tacos and sloppy joes.
  3. Budget-Friendly: A great way to stretch a pound of ground beef to feed the whole family.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Ground beef (80/20)
  • Sweet onion
  • Green bell pepper
  • Taco seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Tomato sauce
  • Salsa
  • Canned black beans
  • Canned whole kernel corn
  • Diced green chiles
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Buns (for serving)
  • Toppings of your choice (like sour cream, crispy tortilla chips, or fresh cut greens)
ingredients needed to make taco joes

HOW TO MAKE TACO JOES:

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef, onion, and bell peppers. Break up the beef into crumbles and cook beef, stirring occasionally, until there is no pink left, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Drain any excess fat off of the mix and add the taco seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin, stir to combine well. Cook for about 1 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, salsa, black beans, corn, and green chilies, stir to combine. Simmer for about 5 minutes until the mixture thinkens slightly but it is still saucey.
  4. Stir in the fresh cilantro and serve on your favorite burger buns with your favorite taco toppings.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

WHAT KIND OF TOPPINGS ARE THE BEST TO USE?

When it comes to Taco Joes, the topping possibilities are endless and exciting!

Some of the most popular items include creamy sour cream, tangy salsa, and an array of melted cheeses.

Don’t forget the crispy crunch of tortilla chips or the freshness of diced tomatoes and lettuce.

For a bit of heat, you might add some jalapeños. Each topping adds its unique flair, making your joes a customizable delight.

WHAT KIND OF GROUND BEEF SHOULD I USE?

For a truly delectable recipe, using ground beef with an 80/20 fat ratio is the way to go. This choice of meat ensures they are both juicy and packed with flavor.

If you’re in need of some suggestions, look for labels like “ground chuck” which typically align with this fat content. Remember, the richness of the beef adds to the overall heartiness and satisfaction of the dish.

taco joes on a wooden serving board

CAN I USE THE MEAT MIXTURE IN OTHER RECIPES?

Absolutely! The meat mixture used in this recipe is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of Mexican recipes.

It’s perfect for stuffing into soft taco shell or hard shell tacos, making it a staple for taco nights.

Additionally, this flavorful mixture can be a fantastic topping for taco salads or even used as a filling for burritos using Old El Paso tortillas.

The rich and savory flavors of the meat make it a fantastic addition to many Mexican-inspired dishes, so feel free to get creative!

ANY ADDITIONS?

​You better believe it! Here are some great items you could add to your sandwiches.

  • Refried beans for a creamy touch.
  • Jalapenos for a spicy kick.
  • Cheddar cheese for some gooey goodness.
  • Black olives for extra zing.
  • Fresh tomatoes for a burst of freshness.
  • Avocado or guacamole for a creamy texture.
  • Red onions for a bit of sharpness.
  • Bell peppers for extra crunch.
  • Corn for a pop of sweetness.
  • Cilantro for a fresh, herby flavor.
  • A side of salsa for extra Mexican flair.

ANY SUBSTITUTIONS?

As always, I’ve got you covered. Here are some subs that should work perfectly. 

  • Ground turkey or chicken for a lighter option.
  • Lettuce wraps instead of buns for a low-carb version.
  • Greek yogurt in place of sour cream for a healthier topping.
  • Homemade taco seasoning to control the salt and spice.
  • Flour tortillas or crisp tortilla chips instead of buns.
close up of taco joes

HOW TO STORE:

Refrigerator: Keep leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Freezer: Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat for a quick meal.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Brown the Meat Well: For the best flavor, make sure to cook the beef until it’s nicely browned.
  • Drain the Fat: Remove excess fat for a healthier dish.
  • Let It Simmer: Let the mixture simmer to meld the flavors together beautifully.
  • Customize the Spiciness: Adjust the amount of taco seasoning to suit your spice preference.
  • Fresh Toppings: Add fresh toppings right before serving for the best texture and flavor.
  • Warm the Buns: Toast the buns for an extra delicious experience.
a hand holding up taco joes in air

Taco Joes are a fun, tasty, and super easy dish to make. It’s a fantastic way to bring a twist to your usual meal routine and is sure to become a family favorite.

Whether it’s a weeknight dinner or a gathering with friends, this recipe will be the star of the table. So, tie on your apron, and let’s get cooking some delicious sloppy Taco Joes tonight!

If you’ve tried this TACO JOES, let me know how it turned out in the comments! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes! 

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5 from 3 votes

Taco Joes Sandwich Recipe (Taco Sloppy Joe’s)

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 16 minutes
It’s like a fiesta for your taste buds! Imagine the yumminess of sloppy joes but with an awesome taco twist. With this recipe for Taco Joes, you’ll reach your daily value in smiles.
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef, onion, and bell peppers. Break up the beef into crumbles and cook beef, stirring occasionally, until there is no pink left, about 8-10 minutes.
    1 pound ground beef, 1 small sweet onion, 1 small green bell pepper
  • Drain any excess fat off of the mix and add the taco seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin, stir to combine well. Cook for about 1 minutes until fragrant.
    1 ounce packet taco seasoning, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Add the tomato sauce, salsa, black beans, corn, and green chilies, stir to combine. Simmer for about 5 minutes until the mixture thinkens slightly but it is still saucey.
    8 ounces tomato sauce, 1/2 cup salsa, 1 cup canned black beans, 1 cup canned whole kernel corn, 4 ounces diced green chiles
  • Stir in the fresh cilantro and serve on your favorite burger buns with your favorite taco toppings.
    1/4 cup chopped cilantro, Buns and toppings of your choice

Notes

Nutrition is calculated without buns and additional toppings.
  • Brown the Meat Well: For the best flavor, make sure to cook the beef until it’s nicely browned.
  • Drain the Fat: Remove excess fat for a healthier dish.
  • Let It Simmer: Let the mixture simmer to meld the flavors together beautifully.
  • Customize the Spiciness: Adjust the amount of taco seasoning to suit your spice preference.
  • Fresh Toppings: Add fresh toppings right before serving for the best texture and flavor.
  • Warm the Buns: Toast the buns for an extra delicious experience.

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 708mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 661IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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