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open faced taco sloppy joes sandwich with avocado, chopped tomatoes, lettuce, and shredded cheddar on a gray plate with tortilla chips

Taco Sloppy Joes

How to make homemade taco sloppy joes with ground beef and all the fixings. Easy dinner recipe your family will love, especially the kids!
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Course: Burgers & Sandwiches
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 402kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff


  • 1 tablespooon bacon grease *
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion minced
  • 1 large bell pepper chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 3 cups lettuce shredded
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 whole avocados mashed
  • 5 green onions chopped


  • Heat the bacon grease in a large skillet until hot. 
  • Then add in the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper in with the garlic and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef into the skillet, stirring the garlic, onions, and bell pepper into the meat. Cook on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the meat is well cooked.
  • Be sure to drain off any excess oil when the meat has finished cooking.
  • Mix the lemon juice, chili powder, salt, black pepper, and chopped tomato into the meat, stirring until combined.
  • Let the taco sloppy joe mixture simmer for at least 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prep the taco ingredients, including lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, avocados, green onions, and whatever else you like on your tacos.
  • Serve on toasted buns or on a bed of lettuce or spinach.


**I recommend using bacon grease for the added flavor it will give to the meat mixture (and for toasting the buns). But if you don't have bacon grease, no worries; you can also use butter or olive oil.


Serving: 5servings | Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 771mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g
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