Taco Sloppy Joes

If you love sloppy joes, you will love these taco sloppy joes! Get all the flavors of a taco with all the great toppings in a messy sloppy joe dinner. My kids gobbled these up so fast! Delicious!

I have a love-hate relationship with messy dinners.

I love that:

>they are really easy to throw together

>they are completely non-fussy

>my kids go crazy for them and

>generally they are really hard to screw up.

I hate that:

>they’re messy.

My table, my floors, my chairs, sometimes my walls, my kids’ clothes and my kids. All dirty in a matter of minutes.

So everyday around 5pm, it’s a battle between happy kids, dirty everything or cranky kids, clean everything.

Can you guess what I usually choose? If I gave you a tour of my house, you’d know exactly which camp I’d fall. Actually, scratch that. You don’t need a tour. Just walk in my front door. You’ll see. We are the messy house dinner people. Yippee?

Tacos are a messy dinner. Spaghetti is a messy dinner. Anything involving rice or quinoa tends to be a messy dinner. Soup also falls into this category as does {you guessed it!} Sloppy Joes!

I’ve kind of just accepted the fact that I need to do dishes and wipe down the table, the chairs and the floor after every meal.

At the end of the day, I’d rather clean up after the delicious dinner than fight my kids all the way through the meal over something they don’t want to eat.

If I’m being completely honest, at the end of the day, I’d rather eat chocolate and watch Friends and pay someone to clean up dinner but, alas, Mama gotta save for our next vacation. A girl can dream.

If you love sloppy joes, you will love these taco sloppy joes! Get all the flavors of a taco with all the great toppings in a messy sloppy joe dinner. My kids gobbled these up so fast! Delicious!

The moral of the story is kids like messy dinners and this is a messy dinner. Therefore, kids will like this dinner. {Did anyone else have middle school math flashbacks?}

My kids ate it, mostly because there was bread and cheese involved {that is a dominant trait they inherited from me, lucky ducks} but they loved piling on the lettuce, guacamole and meat and gobbling it up. I was shocked because they really LOVE my regular sloppy joes, but they loved these too. So, this is me winning at motherhood right here with another messy yet satisfying recipe. Make it and be amazed.

PS–> I cannot be held responsible for any messes this dinner will inevitably make. Thank you and goodbye.

Have a great weekend! Printable recipe below 🙂

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Taco Sloppy Joes

If you love sloppy joes, you will love these taco sloppy joes! Get all the flavors of a taco with all the great toppings in a messy sloppy joe dinner. My kids gobbled these up so fast! Delicious!

Yield: 6 sloppy joes; about 4 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey {I used 99% fat free}
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce {just the plain stuff}
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 small can mild diced green chiles
  • 1/4 cup {which is 1 packet} mild taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6-8 soft hamburger buns
  • any desired toppings: grated cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, onions, sour cream, salsa, etc.

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion for 3-4 minutes or until they start to soften. Add in garlic and turkey. Break apart turkey as it browns. Once turkey is cooked through, stir in tomato sauce, water, green chiles, taco seasoning, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer. Cook half covered for 10 minutes. Stir in beans and cook another 2-3 minutes until heated through. Spoon mixture onto warm hamburger buns and top with any desired toppings. Serve immediately.

If you love sloppy joes, you will love these taco sloppy joes! Get all the flavors of a taco with all the great toppings in a messy sloppy joe dinner. My kids gobbled these up so fast! Delicious!

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  1. Lauren, can I just say how much I love your down to earth personality and blog?! My family just ate Sloppy Joes over the weekend, and I’m adding this recipe to the menu plan. In a world of trendy foodie recipes (that my whole family would never touch), I love having your sensible, tasty and family-friendly recipes to turn to.

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  2. This was a quick, healthy meal that my two year old gobbled right up. Thank you!

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  3. Yum! Taco sloppy joes on slider buns. Quick, easy, and tasty. Nothing left to put in the freezer for a quick lunch later. Winner :). Thanks Lauren.
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