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Mexican Sloppy Joes


These Mexican Sloppy Joes are a quick and easy 30 minute weeknight meal that the entire family will love. These make for great leftovers as well as a delicious freezer meal!

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There are three types of people in this world I’ve learned.

And please correct me if there is a 4th as I’d love to add it to my list!

The first is the planner who has dinner figured out a week in advance.

This person knows exactly what they’ll be making and even has it written on a calendar as well as a grocery list that dictates the entire weeks menu.

The second kind of person is a free spirit who lives in the moment.



Mexican Sloppy Joes - ground beef and onions cooked in pan.



This person likes to see each night what speaks to them and go from there.

They are known for last minute shopping to nab an ingredient or two and are much more go with the flow when it comes to dinner plans.

However if neither of these two people sound like you, then perhaps you are type three.

The third kind of person who doesn’t enjoy cooking (of doesn’t have time) and prefers to eat out for every meal.

This means no preparations, no dirty dishes and zero clean up.



Mexican Sloppy Joes - taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, and enchilada sauce added to ground beef.



So the real question is what kind of person are you?

The first two will LOVE this recipe.

The third person needs you to invite them over when you make it!

Most of my friends, actually all of them, are the first type of person.

They all have their acts together, act like real adults and have their menus and schedules all figured out a week ahead of time.



Mexican Sloppy Joes - sloppy joe mixture cooked down for 5 minutes.



Some people I know have the next three months figured out, which is crazy to me.

I on the other hand, am a SOLID type two person.


I know you’re really struggling with this idea of me, the person who is a FOOD BLOGGER and a mother to three and a type two personality.

Oh man.  I HATE meal planning.



Mexican Sloppy Joes - corn is added to sloppy joe mixture.



Right about now you should imagine me laughing but it’s so ridiculously true it’s funny.

I am the person how appears to be an adult but really struggles with being an adult.

However I RARELY meal plan and make myself invite other people to dinner just so I force myself to meal plan at least one meal a week.

I am very much a fly by the seat of my pants, “it’s all good“, kind of person.

I am very laid back and many would say scatterbrained.



Mexican Sloppy Joes - sloppy joes mixture in pan ready to be eaten.



However despite all that, the thing that drives me the most insane is that our lives are SO CRAZY that when I do meal plan, we don’t even make half the meals.

This is because something or other will always suddenly come up.


So now, if I do meal plan, it’s only 3 times a week.

Just in case.



Mexican Sloppy Joes - sloppy joes on hamburger bun topped with cheese and avocado



If we happen to be free the other nights then I can whip out the old classic spaghetti, grilled cheese or have a pizza night.

Overall though, meal planning is the bane of my existence.

I don’t know why I struggle so much with it.

However, it’s because of it, that I LOVE recipes like these Mexican Sloppy Joes.

In less than 30 minutes you can create an entire meal.



Mexican Sloppy Joes - open faced sloppy joes on bun with no extra toppings



30 minute meals are what I live on during weeks where I don’t meal plan.

These are the meals that I can toss together quickly with very little effort and generally speaking, I already have all the ingredients.

I also love these Mexican Sloppy Joes because they make a GREAT freezer meal.

I love to do these in two ways.

  1. Freeze the entire batch in a freezer container and it’s ready to go for a family dinner the next time I’m in a pinch.
  2. Freeze this in 1 cup increments so that they make great one serving portions for work!  For me 1/2 a cup is about all I put on a bun so a 1 cup portion will make me two buns, which is more than enough for lunch!

The idea for these came to me one night as I was trying to figure out how I was going to use up an entire 5 pound package of ground beef.



Mexican Sloppy Joes - classic mexican sloppy joe on bun



5 pounds is a lot of ground beef and can make multiple meals.

It was on a whim that I decided to use up a bunch of pantry items I had sitting around and came up with this delicious recipe!

I REALLY like these.

My family said the corn gave a nice crunch and the seasoning and enchilada sauce a great flavor.

I love how easy these are and I love the Mexican twist on classic sloppy Joes.

If you love Mexican Food and sloppy joes, I hope you’ll give these a try!


Yield: 6 Servings

Mexican Sloppy Joes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Inactive Time 2 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 (10 ounce) can of red enchilada sauce
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can of corn
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Avocados


In a large skillet cook ground beef and onion. Drain any excess fat.
Add taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and enchilada sauce to ground beef mixture.
Cook for 5 minutes to allow flavors to meld.
Add corn and cook additional 3 minutes.
Serve immediately on hamburger buns and top with your favorite toppings such as shredded cheese, lettuce & avocado.
If freezing, make as directed and freeze in freezer containers for up to 3 months.
When ready to use, place frozen mixture in skillet and cook until thawed and hot.


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