Tex-Mex Sloppy Joe, Recipe

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The winter months can be long, cold and oh so busy. Sometimes it can be hard to find the time (and motivation) to get in the kitchen and make a good meal for my family. Anyone else ever feel that way? I sure hope so.

But every once in a while you find one of those recipes that isn’t difficult or fussy. It can be prepared in less than half an hour, your kids eat it and it gives you all the comfort that a warm meal should. Those are the recipes I count on when I’m having one of those long, busy days. 

Today I want to share one of those recipes with you.

Super easy and delicious Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes featuring RO*TEL & MANWICH. #Ad #YesYouCan
My favorite part of this recipe is the convenience, my family’s favorite part is the taste. I just love it when everyone wins. These Tex-Mex Joes also make amazing leftovers too (if there is any left) which is always a win in my book.

To get started on this recipe all you need is a few key ingredients some of which you may already have on hand, but if you don’t you can always grab them at Wal-Mart. Oh the convenience of Wal-Mart gets me every time and makes this mama’s life so much easier.

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MANWICH and RO*TEL were on this weeks shopping list and I even grabbed a few extra cans of each. You never know when a quick dinner may be a necessity, so I like to have plenty on hand just in case.

I also grabbed some buns from the bakery aisle too.
Wal-Mart’s bakery keeps and amazing stock of baked goodies. We decided on the sesame seed buns and Emily was completely convinced she could take one of those seeds and plant a sesame tree.

With our supplies in cart we headed home and got to work. First up was chopping the onions.

I have always HATED chopping onions! My eyes water and water, I want to rub them and if I do I end up with a messed up contact. I had almost given up until I discovered this simple trick…

Did you know that if you cut onions by a candle you won’t tear up?
Your onion cutting will also be about 99% more glamorous too. Just don’t turn out the lights m’kay?!

Candle to the rescue our onions were cut in no time. I didn’t cry and my kitchen now smelt of pumpkin waffles or something like that. I call that winning folks.

Next we started to cook.

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Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes
Serves 6
An easy and delicious sloppy joe featuring RO*TEL& MANWICH with an exciting Tex-Mex spin.
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190 calories
13 g
5 g
13 g
13 g
2 g
131 g
563 g
2 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190
Calories from Fat 110
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 563mg
Total Carbohydrates 13g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 2g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 lb Ground turkey burger (hamburger or chicken work well too)
  2. 1 Can RO*TEL
  3. 1 Can MANWICH
  4. 1/2 Cup chopped onion
  5. 1/2-1 Tablespoon Chili powder
  6. 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  7. 1/2-1 Tablespoon Red chili sauce (optional)
  8. 1 Ripe Avocado
  9. Cheese of your choice
  10. Salt & Pepper
  1. 1) Brown the burger (season with salt and pepper to taste) with the chopped onions until no longer pink. Drain off the excess grease.
  2. 2) Add the MANWICH, 1/2 of a heaping cup of drained RO*TEL, Chili powder and Cumin and mix. The amount of chili powder you use will be determined on the level of spice you want. If you decide to be extra adventurous go ahead and mix in some red chili sauce too.
  3. 3) Bring mixture to a low boil, turn the heat down and allow to lightly simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. 4) Serve on a toasted bun and top with cheese, avocado or any other delicious topping you can think of.
  1. Makes GREAT leftovers
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Such a warm, comforting meal.

When you use great Conagra ingredients like MANWICH and RO*TEL feeding your family something delicious can be so simple.

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  • Would you believe I never made sloppy joes for my kids?!?

    • Cat @ MaryMarthaMama.com

      Neither have I! I actually had one while out this weekend and thought “Why don’t I ever make these?” I should

    • WHAT?!?! I really can’t believe it and think you should fix that pronto :D!

  • Cat @ MaryMarthaMama.com

    Cutting onions by candlelight does sound more glamorous! I cry every time so I will have to try that. Thanks for sharing!

    • Baha ha! I am all about glam in the kitchen…. errr not, lol. Totally try it though it works like a charm.

  • I haven’t heard the candle trick! I have heard that biting on a piece of bread helps…but a candle is more pleasant. 🙂

    • I laughed so hard when I read that Emily. Then I thought how in the heck did someone discover that?!

      • Ha! Who knows! I cannot claim that I figured it out…well, I probably wouldn’t feel the need to claim it if I did. 😉

        Yeah. I think it’s odd. I don’t actually do it as I would rather deal with the onions than just sit there with bread in my mouth.

  • A Bullard

    Mmmm this sounds right up my non cooking alley right now! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • You are so welcome. I am all about the tasty and easy recipes.

  • Yum! I haven’t had one of these in forever…wait…I’m not sure if I’ve ever had one before…I think I need to fix that!

  • Delicious- I love easy meals like this and my kids love them, so win-win!

    • Exactly! I am all about keeping things simple and everyone happy.

  • JadeLouise Designs

    I just love how easy this is! As a busy mom, that is really important to me. 2nd, is the kids liking it. And my kids love sloppy joes! I can imagine this one having an amazing flavor! The RO*TEL and MANWICH really pack a punch in flavor! -client

    • Exactly keeping mama and the family happy is always what I go for when creating recipes. This one will not disappoint!

  • Love how easy this recipe is to follow!

  • Yum! This looks easy and tasty!


    • Those are the two things I am always hoping for. I have no time to fuss over dinner just like so many other mamas :).

  • Jennifer Merwin Shackelford

    Oh Beth! This looks Ah.mazing! I’ve made sloppy joes before, but I’ve never thought about putting Rotel in them. My crew loves spicy! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Pinning and stumbling this.

    • Spicy is just the best! I am so glad that our girls seem to like spicy things too. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Ive been suffering through onion chopping forever; I would even wear my sunglasses while chopping because it helped a little haha. I will be using this genius tip! Also YUM!!!

    • Oh my gosh I just love you so much. I can totally see you in your shades chopping onions and I love it. I hope this tip helps you out friend.

  • Jessica

    Oh yum!! If only I could get Cam to eat sloppy joes. The kid is just plain weird sometimes. 🙂

    • Oh trust me E has her fair share of weirdness and it is just plain exhausting :D!

  • I had never eaten a sloppy joe until about a year ago, and now I am obsessed. How did I love so long without that in my life? And, don’t even get me started on that onion tip! You are a genius!

    • Haha, how in the world?! I grew up eating them so they’ve always been around for me. Hehe, I do what I can *blushing*. Hope it helps you out and spares you some smeared mascara.

  • Oh my gosh, yes to this!!Yum and your no more tears hack is brilliant! Great pictures too! Pinned!

    • Thank you so much friend. I hope the tip helps you out and spares you some smudged eyeliner, baha ha!

  • Yum! I love how you added stuff to the manwhich, I shall have to try!

    • Yes, so fun and easy. I love doing things like this to really make dinner special, but still simple to throw together.

  • Hmmm, the candle hack, I so have to try this. I usually have a candle burning near by, never right next to the cutting.

    • Try it and please, please, please let me know if it works for you.

  • Meghan Flinn

    That candle trick is pretty cool. Though I’ve eliminated the tears by using my favorite veggie chopper. Now I don’t mind cutting onions either :). And sounds like a delicious weeknight dinner!

    • No tears fast chopping, even more genius :). Super easy and tasty which is always a win in my books.

  • Yum! I love the twist on an easy weeknight meal! Walmart does have a great selection of fresh baked bread. My Nana only gets her bread from Walmart because she says it’s the bakery in town! 🙂

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

    • Me too! I live for the easy twists Whitney there are just not enough hours in the day any other way :D! That is just the cutest too. Happy Tuesday!

  • My family inhales sloopy joe’s! The last two times I made it it was late in the evening and I couldn’t get a good picture with natural light.

    But I just came home from the grocery with intentions of making them for dinner tomorrow (and a recipe blog post). I wish I would’ve read your post earlier in the day! I’ve never thought to add rotel and avocado. Great addition!

    • Hehe! Good luck getting your photos this time. Sloppy joes are such a great family meal and avocado makes everything better right? Oh goodness I could probably eat avocado on almost anything that wasnt sweet.

  • Confession: I have never had a sloppy joe! But I think I would really like it!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

    • I wonder if sloppy joes are just more popular in some areas than others?! They are super tasty and super easy, win win!

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    I grew up in Iowa, and sloppy Joe’s – know as Taverns – are a staple!! But, Scott hates them, like despises them. I so desperately want to try this because it sounds SO GOOD, but I think I’d be left alone eating it. How does one convince (trick) their husband to like something??

    • I love that foods have different names in different areas of the country, so cool. Hehe he! Too bad Scott hates them though. Russ is like that with some foods that I love (chicken and noodles) and it makes me so sad :(. If you figure out how to trick him, let me know and maybe I can break out some recipes I love.

  • These look amazing and thanks so much for sharing your candle trick when cutting up onions! I’ll definitley have to try it!

    • Try it! It works so well and is far easier than so many other tricks I have hear of!

  • I’ve never heard of that trick with cutting onions! It’s not much of an issue for me…my contacts seem to protect my eyes. But my husband bawls like a baby when cutting onions. We’ll have to give that a try

    • Yes, I am with you on the contacts too but when It does but me oh boy it gets ugly fast. One time my eyes watered so hard I lost my contact in my eye rubbing them. I HATE it when that happens. Definitely give it a try.

  • Hi Beth, I don’t think I’ve heard of a sloppy Joe before, but it looks tasty. Love your tip for cutting onions too, at first I thought it was a rather seductive photo of a chopped onion!


    • Baha ha! That is hilarious and yes it does seem like a weird way to romanticize kitchen prep. They are so tasty and so easy to make, we love them.

  • chall1018

    Okay, hold up…I LOVE Sloppy Joes, but have never had one like this before. I hve got to make these!! And the onion hack…you are a GENIUS!

    • Hehe it is a fun way to put a little twist on a traditional favorite. I was SHOCKED at how many people have never had sloppy joes, just crazy if you ask me!

  • Going to try this this weekend! Pinned!