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Spicy Jalapeño Sloppy Joes

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Spice up your dinner menu with these Spicy Jalapeño Sloppy Joes! Lean ground beef cooks with onions, garlic and jalapeños and simmers in a sweet and spicy sauce. Serves 8 in under an hour.
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, dinner, easy, jalapeño, sloppy joes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 341
Author Laurie McNamara


  • olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 large jalapeño diced (seeded and ribs removed for less heat)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground


  • hamburger buns or pretzel rolls
  • 8 slices muenster cheese
  • 2 jalapeños sliced, for serving (optional)
  • crispy fried onions for serving


  • Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a dutch oven over medium to medium-low. Add in the diced onions, jalapeños and garlic with a small pinch of salt. Stir and cook 5 to 8 minutes or until softened.
  • Add in the ground beef, use a wooden spoon to break it up into small crumbles and cook until no longer pink
  • Next add in ketchup, water, vinegar, mustard and worchestershire sauce. Then measure and add in the sugar, salt, cayenne, paprika abd black pepper.
  • Stir, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Move your oven rack to the highest position and preheat your broiler to high.
  • Meanwhile toast hamburger buns or rolls and place on a rimmed, metal baking sheet.
  • Top with a few spoonfuls of the meat mixture and top with slices of muenster cheese. Slip under the broiler for 30 to 45 seconds or until melted.
  • Top with a spoonful more of the meat mixture, then add slices of jalapeño and crispy fried onions. Replace the top bun and serve.


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 972mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 643IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 3mg