These nacho sloppy joes include Mexican style ground beef, nacho cheese sauce and jalapenos, all between toasted buns. An easy and unique dinner that the whole family is sure to enjoy!

Sloppy joes are always a welcomed dinner option, and this zesty version has all the great flavors of nachos in sandwich form.

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Nacho sloppy joes with ground beef, cheese sauce and jalapenos.

I am a huge fan of nachos, especially that fake processed orange nacho cheese sauce. What can I say, it’s one of my weaknesses! These nacho sloppy joes combine that famous nacho cheese sauce with ground beef for a fun sandwich option that is full of bold flavors.

How do you make nacho sloppy joes?

The first step in this recipe is to cook up your ground beef. I use a combination of beef, onions, taco seasoning and tomato sauce to make the base for this sandwich. I use 90% lean beef, as it still has plenty of flavor but is not overly greasy.

Seasoned Mexican ground beef in a skillet.

The meat is layered onto toasted buns along with nacho cheese sauce. Nacho cheese comes in cans in the Mexican food aisle of most grocery stores. You can heat your cheese sauce in the microwave or on the stove top. If you’re not a fan of nacho cheese sauce, feel free to use shredded cheddar cheese or even homemade queso sauce.

Sloppy joe meat on top of a hamburger bun.

Traditional quick service nachos come with tortilla chips, cheese sauce and pickled jalapenos. I added the jalapenos to my sloppy joes for a more authentic flavor, but if you’re feeding kids, feel free to omit them.

A hamburger bun with sloppy joe meat, nacho cheese sauce and jalapenos.

You can add other nacho toppings to your sloppy joes if you like, more great options are

The Mexican ground beef can be made up to one day before you plan to serve it, and it makes a great candidate for the freezer. Simply warm up your meat, layer your sandwiches and enjoy!

A nacho sloppy joe being held by a hand.

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5 from 7 votes

Nacho Sloppy Joes

AuthorSara Welch
Nacho sloppy joes with ground beef, cheese sauce and jalapenos.
These nacho sloppy joes include Mexican style ground beef, nacho cheese sauce and jalapenos, all between toasted buns. An easy and unique dinner that the whole family is sure to enjoy!
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Serves 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup nacho cheese sauce
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices
  • 4 hamburger buns toasted

Instructions 

  • Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add the ground beef to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, breaking up the meat with a spatula into smaller pieces. 
  • Stir in the taco seasoning and tomato sauce and bring to a simmer. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Divide the meat between the bottom buns, then top each sandwich with nacho cheese sauce and a few jalapeno slices. Place the top bun on each sandwich then serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 731mg | Potassium: 635mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 4.7mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. Will be eating this instead of tacos for awhile. Didnt have buns and used grain and seed bread. Grilled bread like a Patty melt. Used salsa.con queso didn’t have naco cheese. Will be making a lot in future. Thanks for recipe

  2. This sounds like a yummy dish! I would love to try making sloppy joes this way, but would probably leave out the peppers.

  3. 5 stars
    Yum! We can never seem to get enough Mexican food. This unique idea combines two of my husband’s favorite meals and would go over well with our entire family for sure.

  4. Ahh! I wish I saw this earlier. My husband would love this recipe and I totally would have made it for him for VDay! That’s okay, I’ll make it for him next week.

  5. 5 stars
    I like Sloppy Joe’s and your take on this looks very delicious. Hmm, as for nachos, I don’t think you can go wrong with it. :0)

  6. 5 stars
    Now this dinner idea is right up our alley! Definitely something we’ve never tried, but something that will go over well. Will have to make these.

  7. 5 stars
    I adore sloppy joes. My daughter, however, is the polar opposite of me. So I don’t get them very often. These look so delicious.

  8. 5 stars
    Made these tonight for my family and substituted jalapeƱos for pickles on my kids sandwiches, but kept the jalapeƱos on ours, and everyone loved them! Super quick, inexpensive and easy to make too!