Salsa Sloppy Joes
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
A little bit of sweetness from the brown sugar pairs perfectly with a little kick from the salsa!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - 8 oz can(s) tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 - cup(s) salsa
  • 1 - Tbsp brown sugar
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 1 - cup(s) shredded cheddar cheese**
  • 4 - sandwich buns**
  • Side: - corn tortilla chips**
  • Side: - fruit**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Brown the ground beef in skillet and drain. Return to the skillet and stir in the tomato sauce plus 1/2 can worth of hot water, salsa and brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to bubbling and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Once the sauce is bubbling, stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and let it melt.
  3. Prepare fresh fruit.
  4. Serve Salsa Sloppy Joes on hamburger buns with side of fruit and tortilla chips.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown and cool 2 lbs. ground beef.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the browned and cooled ground beef
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup salsa
  • Salt and pepper

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the skillet for reheating. Stir in cheese and assemble sandwiches.

Special notes

Dairy-Free Modifications

Omit the cheddar cheese for dairy-free meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Use gluten-free buns or serve as “Sloppy Joe Bowl” over bed of rice.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Salsa Sloppy Joes

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and reheat sloppy joe sauce in skillet. Mix in shredded cheddar cheese once bubbling.
Serve on sandwich buns with fruit and tortilla chips.