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Change up taco night, with these Sloppy Joe Tacos. Taco shells are filled with sloppy joe meat to create a delicious weeknight meal.
Easy Sloppy Joe Tacos Recipe:
Tacos are pretty much a weekly meal at my house. They are easy to make and everyone loves them. Sloppy joes is also a family favorite, so I decided to combine the two.
The sloppy joe mixture is made from scratch and then loaded into a taco shell. You can add your favorite topping to create the ultimate tacos.
This recipe is now on weekly rotation and perfect for a crowd. You can still enjoy sloppy joes on a bun. But we think you will love it just as much in a shell.
What is Sloppy Joe Tacos?
Sloppy Joe Tacos is basically combining the same ingredients in a classic sloppy joe mixture. But serving it in a taco shell. We like to make different things on Taco Tuesday and this one was a hit.
Skip the hamburger bun and place your sloppy mixture in a taco shell. You will love this easy weeknight dinner recipe.
- Ground Beef
- Brown Sugar
- Stand and Stuff Taco Shells
- Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend
How to Make Sloppy Joe Tacos:
- Step 1 – Heat Oven – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Step 3 – Cook the Beef – Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat on the stove. While cooking season the meat with salt and pepper. You can even add the onion and cook.
- Step 4 – Drain Grease – Once browned, drain off any excess grease.
- Step 5 – Combine Ingredients – Then stir in the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Stir to combine the ingredients.
- Step 6 – Simmer Ingredients – Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook the mixture for approximately 5 minutes.
- Step 7 – Spoon into taco shells – Place the taco shells in a baking dish. Spoon the beef mixture evenly into each of the shells and top with the shredded cheese.
- Step 8 – Bake – Bake for 5-7 minutes until the cheese is melted.
- Step 9 – Serve and Enjoy – Then the tacos are ready to serve and enjoy. A quick and easy weeknight meal.
Sloppy Joe Tacos Topping Ideas:
There are many different toppings that you can use to top your sloppy joe tacos. These are some of our favorites.
- Sour Cream
- Diced Tomatoes
- Shredded Lettuce
- Fresh Cilantro
- Diced Onion
- Change the Meat – We used ground beef in this recipe, but you can also use ground turkey. We have even used half ground beef and half ground turkey. You can also use ground chicken.
- Seasoning – We made this recipe with traditional sloppy joe ingredients. But feel free to change the seasoning. You can easily mix in taco seasoning, chili powder, garlic powder, or onion powder.
- Cheese – We used a Mexican blend cheese, but you can also top with cheddar cheese.
- Vegetables – We like to sneak in vegetables when we make this recipe. You can mix in chopped onions, red bell peppers, or green bell pepper.
- Spicy – If you want an extra kick in the sauce. Feel free to add in a teaspoons of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. The flavor is amazing and the kids do not mind the extra spice.
- Taco Shells – Feel free to use different types of taco shells. We have even used corn tortillas.
Taco Sloppy Joes Recipe Tips:
- Cook Once – This is a great recipe to cook once eat twice option. One night you can have the traditional Sloppy Joes and the next night place the meat mixture in taco shells.
- Cooking Time – When placing the baking dish in the oven. With the meat mixture and cheese, it won’t take long to bake.
What to Serve with Sloppy Joe Tacos:
When we make these tacos, we usually serve with simple side dishes.
- Chips and Salsa
- Roasted Vegetables
- Black Beans
How to Store Leftovers:
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. This sloppy joe mixture is perfect to double the recipe and place in the freezer.
When you are ready to reheat, you can thaw in the refrigerator for an easy weeknight meal.
Print Recipe for Sloppy Joe Tacos:
Sloppy Joe Tacos
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Once browned, drain off any excess grease.
- Then stir in the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Stir to combine the ingredients.
- Bring the mixture to a low simmer and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
- Place the taco shells in a baking dish. Spoon the beef mixture evenly into each of the shells and top with the shredded cheese.
- Bake for 5-7 minutes until the cheese is melted.
- Then the tacos are ready to serve and enjoy!
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