Spring Hill Ranch's Sloppy Joe and Sloppy José

Wiley P


The only day of the week there was an even vaguely good reason to attend junior high school was Thursday, That's when they served sloppy Joes in the cafeteria! It wasn't 'til a few years ago that I found a recipe close to the one they used and with just a little adjustment it was spot-on!
So then I couldn't leave well enough alone and decided to give it a somewhat local flair and added a few chiles and some spice to give it a nice, mild Southwestern zing. Voila! Sloppy Joe was now Sloppy José!
A great weeknight quicky with soup or salad or as a snowy day warmer upper!


★★★★★ 3 votes

10 Min
40 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 Tbsp
    canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 c
    (about 1 small) finely chopped yellow or white onion
  • 1 c
    (about 1 medium) finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef (80/20)
  • 1 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    prepared yellow mustard (not the fancy stuff!)
  • 1 Tbsp
    cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
    dark brown sugar (light/golden brown sugar is okay)
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt

  • 2 medium
    new mexico green chiles, roasted, peeled and diced or 1 7-ounce can of diced green chiles
  • 1 medium
    jalapeño chile, seeds and veins removed, diced
  • 1 Tbsp
    hot pepper sauce (i.e. frank's® or tabasco®)
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried mexican oregano flakes
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cumin (freshly ground if available)

  • 4
    split and toasted sandwich buns; or
  • 8
    fresh 8" flour tortillas; or
  • 4
    large baked potatoes

How to Make Spring Hill Ranch's Sloppy Joe and Sloppy José


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the canola oil. Add the onion, and green pepper. Cook until slightly softened. Add the ground beef. Cook until the beef is browned, and drain off the excess grease.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, stir together ketchup, vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, ground cloves, and salt.
  3. For Sloppy Josés, mix the green chiles, jalapeño, hot pepper sauce, oregano and cumin into the ketchup mixture.
  4. Stir the ketchup (or ketchup/chile) mixture into the browned beef mixture. Cover the pan and simmer it for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve it up either open-faced or closed-faced on the buns, wrapped in flour tortillas or over hot baked potatoes.

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About Spring Hill Ranch's Sloppy Joe and Sloppy José

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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