Baked Sloppy Joe Tacos recipe

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For a delicious and oh-so-easy mashup of classic American with Mexican cuisine, try this tasty recipe for Sloppy Joe Tacos! Ground beef is mixed with tangy sloppy joe sauce and corn, then piled into corn taco shells and baked with plenty of gooey melted cheese on top.

If your family loves sloppy joes, then these crunchy Ameri-Mex tacos will definitely disappear fast. Serve them with a side of oven fries, onion rings, or even sweet potato fries, followed by Fruit Kabobs with Chocolate Drizzle or Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies for dessert! This recipe inspires casual, forks-optional eating.

Sloppy Joe Tacos lined up in a white baking dish, with cheese melted on the top.

Sloppy Joe Tacos

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Tacos, sloppy joe style, lined up in a white baking dish.

How To Make Sloppy Joe Tacos

Anytime you need to get dinner on the table fast, is a great time to make sloppy joe tacos! I use canned sloppy joe sauce and canned or frozen corn, as well as pre-formed taco shells for the ultimate in convenience.

Here’s all you do:

  1. Brown ground beef and stir in sauce and other ingredients
  2. Line up taco shells in a baking pan, fill with meat, and top with shredded cheese.
  3. Bake until melted and serve.

Looking for something a little different? Turkey or chicken are delicious substitutes for traditional ground beef used in sloppy joes. Or use leftover pulled pork, which would be super tasty too! This recipe is also a great way to use up any leftover taco meat you might have on hand as well.

Yet another version is cheesy sloppy joe pizza. Instead of using preformed taco shells, use the flat kind. Place corn or flour soft tacos on a cookie sheet and bake until hardened. Then layer meat and cheese, and bake until melted. Simply scrumptious!

Ingredients for sloppy joe tacos in a white frying pan, with hard taco shells and grated cheddar on the side.

What To Add To Sloppy Joe Tacos

Alternately, you could use taco seasoning instead of sloppy joe sauce. The latter has a different character, made with a sweeter tomato base which has less heat. The spices used are different too – more mustard and Worcestershire is found in sloppy joe sauce, versus cayenne and cumin found in taco seasoning.

Either sauce boasts intense flavors and enough so that you can stretch this recipe by adding other veggies. Diced onion, peppers, tomato or a can of black beans would meld well with the rest of the ingredients. See? Sloppy joe tacos can be nutritious and budget-friendly too!

Sloppy joe tacos lined up and garnished with tomatoes and lettuce.

What About The Leftovers?

The meat will hold up well in the freezer for up to four months, or in the refrigerator for four days. Uneaten tacos will lose their crunch in the refrigerator, and microwaving often makes it worse.

Here are a few ideas how to revive your leftover sloppy joe tacos.

  • Reheat them by placing tacos in a 350˚F oven for 10 minutes. Float a sheet of foil on top to prevent burning. The flavor will still be sensational!
  • Make a sloppy joe taco salad by heating the leftover tacos, adding some grated cheddar cheese and fresh tortilla chips for added crunch, and serve over a bed of lettuce. Top with your favorite taco toppings for a delicious new meal.

Other Quick and Delicious Recipes To Try

Cheesy Taco Bake – perfect weeknight meal.

Frito Pie – always a crowd pleaser!

Beef Enchiladas – a classic!

Baked Taco Ring – a party favorite.

Spaghetti Tacos – deliciously different!

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Servings: 12 servings
Baked Sloppy Joe Tacos recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
 
Author: Holly
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sloppy joes, Tacos

Zesty sloppy joe mix in a crisp taco shell smothered in melted cheese.

Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef cooked and crumbled
  • 15 oz sloppy joe mix canned
  • 11 oz canned corn drained
  • 12 taco shells
  • shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. Add sloppy joe mix to the cooked ground beef and mix. Mix in the corn.

  2. Once mixed, add meat mixture to your taco shells and place them into a baking pan.

  3. Top with cheese and bake at 350°F for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 136, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 282mg, Potassium: 306mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 10g, Vitamin A: 153%, Vitamin C: 3%, Calcium: 20%, Iron: 2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Sloppy Joe Tacos in a white baking dish.

 

Sloppy Joe Tacos lined up in a white baking dish, with cheese melted on the top.
Top photo - Sloppy joe tacos lined up and garnished with tomatoes and lettuce. Bottom photo - Ingredients for sloppy joe tacos in a white frying pan, with hard taco shells and grated cheddar on the side.

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2 comments on “Baked Sloppy Joe Tacos recipe”

  1. OMG looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe xoxo

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