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Taco joes with sliced avocados in a hamburger bun

Taco Joes

Taco joes are a yummy twist on everyone's favorite messy sandwich, the sloppy joes. Taco spice combined with the tangy flavors of a sloppy joe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword sandwiches, taco recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 164kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef, 80/20
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • hamburger buns

Optional Toppings:

  • shredded cheese
  • sliced avocado
  • sliced red onion


  • Heat vegetable oil (1 tablespoon) in a 12-inch skillet. Brown beef (1 pound) until there is no longer any pink. Remove cooked beef to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain skillet of all but 2 tablespoon oil.
  • Saute onion (1/4 cup) in pan drippings, over medium heat, until translucent. Return cooked beef to skillet. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat and continue to simmer for 30 minutes. Scoop mixture out over hamburger buns and serve.


  1. Ground Beef: I use 80/20. Leaner cuts have less flavor and can be a bit drier.
  2. Onion: Yellow onions are my choice. You could also use a white onion which tends to be milder.
  3. Taco Seasoning: Using prepackaged taco seasoning to make this quick and easy. I like to make it kid-friendly by using a mild version.
  4. Salsa: I like mild salsa for this recipe. Again, keeping it kid-friendly!
  5. Worcestershire Sauce: Adds a little richness and depth of flavor.
  6. Apple Cider Vinegar: This adds the necessary little bit of tang and smidge of fruitiness.
  7. Hamburger Buns: Any hamburger bun will work. I like brioche buns because they're rich and a little sweet. My husband likes to use onion buns. The kids like them all!
  8. Brown Sugar: You can use either light or dark brown sugar.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg