Sloppy Joe Tacos 

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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3 tablespoons oil or other fat

2 pounds ground meat of your choice, such as turkey, lamb, pork, beef, chicken, etc. 

1 teaspoon cayenne or smoked paprika 

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 

Salt and pepper 

1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1 small)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup tomato product of your choice, such as sauce, crushed, diced, etc.

1 cup liquid of your choice, such as water, stock, beer, etc.

1/4 cup mustard

1/4 cup brown sugar, optional

6 to 8 tortillas or buns

Optional toppers: diced avocado, chopped tomatoes, fresh cilantro leaves, lime wedges, sliced radishes, shaved cabbage, sliced jalapenos


  1. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the oil. When hot, add the meat, cayenne, cumin and some salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, until the meat is browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Break it up with a wooden spoon, then add the onions and garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  2. Add the tomato, liquid, mustard and sugar, if using, to the pan and bring to a simmer; simmer for 5 minutes. 
  3. Toast the tortillas or buns. Serve the sloppy joe mixture on the tortillas or buns and top with your favorite toppers.

Cook’s Note

For more ingredient substitution ideas, see the article below.