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Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes

Easy, spicy sloppy joes with a southwestern twist. Pile your bun high with spicy meat and bean filling, melty cheese and all your favorite tex mex toppings. 

Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword sloppy joes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 283 kcal
Author betsy


  • 1 jalapeno pepper diced
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 1/4 lb ground turkey or beef
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Cheddar cheese guacamole, sliced jalapenos, sliced red onion, for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil or cooking spray in a large skillet over medium heat. Add jalapeno, red onion and garlic. Saute until onion begins to soften, about 4 minutes
  2. Add turkey or beef and cook until browned

  3. Add in next 5 ingredients (through chipotle chili powder) Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
  4. Stir in black beans, salt and pepper, and  cilantro. Cook several minutes until beans are heated through.

  5. Serve on hamburger buns or bread, and top with your favorite spicy food toppings like guacamole, sliced jalapenos, or red onion. Other suggestions: queso fresco, black olives, sour cream

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

substitute bell peppers for jalapeño to reduce spiciness level. 


Nutrition Facts
Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 553mg23%
Potassium 679mg19%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 700IU14%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.