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Sloppy Joe Burrito Bowl

sloppy joe burrito bowl

Have you ever tried a Sloppy Joe Burrito Bowl? Yes, I did just use the word “sloppy joe” and “burrito” in the same sentence. As a child growing up in Oklahoma, I have many fond memories of my  mom whipping up various creations in the kitchen. One of those recipes was her famous, Sloppy Joe Burrito. She would fry the burrito shells in oil in the skillet until the shell was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. She would then stuff the burrito shell with Sloppy Joe meat and top it all with cheese, sour cream, and homemade guacamole. Mmmm! What a delicious dinner! I always craved Sloppy Joe Burritos growing up and would request them often.

sloppy joe burrito bowl

Now that I’m married and have a family of my own, I wanted to recreate my mom’s recipe in a healthier version to suite our personal desires and tastes. This Sloppy Joe Burrito Bowl was born and I have to say, it is every bit as good as the Sloppy Joe Burrito‘s I enjoyed growing up. Thanks Mom for letting me tweak and share your recipe!

sloppy joe burrito bowl

Let’s get this party started, shall we?

Place one pound of thawed, ground hamburger into a large skillet and use a spatula or spoon to break the ground beef into crumbles as it cooks.

sloppy joe burrito bowl

Once the ground beef is browned and cooked through, drain any fat that cooked out of the meat and add in four tablespoons of BBQ sauce. I used a sweeter BBQ sauce and recommend a sweeter flavor over one that is too tangy or Smokey.

sloppy joe burrito bowl

Add in garlic salt, onion powder, and ground black pepper to taste and stir the BBQ sauce into the ground beef.

sloppy joe burrito bowl

Add in one cup of tomato puree and stir well.

sloppy joe burrito bowl

I added in this Head Country Sweet & Spicy dry rub seasoning. If you’re not able to find this brand of dry rub anything comparable would work.

sloppy joe burrito bowl

Add in 1/4 cup of water to the Sloppy Joe mix in the skillet and stir well. You don’t want your Sloppy Joe Burrito Bowl meat to be too thick.

sloppy joe burrito bowl

I tasted my Sloppy Joe mix at this point and decided to add in a little more ground black pepper, onion powder, and garlic salt. This is why you want to taste your food as you cook it and never serve anything before tasting it first! You may find that you need to add a little more of this or that in order to get it just right.

sloppy joe burrito bowl

Stir the Sloppy Joe mixture well and get ready to serve it! At this point you can do anything with your Sloppy Joe‘s but I made my Sloppy Joe mix into Sloppy Joe Burrito Bowl‘s.

sloppy joe burrito bowl

In lieu of the flour, burrito shell that my mom served these Sloppy Joe’s on, I decided to make some Couscous for my Sloppy Joe Burrito Bowl. You could use brown rice, white rice or quinoa if you prefer that over couscous. If you are following a keto or low carb lifestyle you could always make this bowl without couscous, rice, or quinoa. I cooked my couscous on the stove top according to the package directions and then added it into my Sloppy Joe Burrito Bowl.

sloppy joe burrito bowl

Once you have your Sloppy Joe mix made and your couscous cooked, whip up some Easy Guacamole Dip (that’s a link to the Guacamole recipe I use that is easy as well as delicious!).

Assemble your Sloppy Joe Burrito Bowl as you like, I added cooked couscous, Sloppy Joe mix, Guacamole,  shredded Colby and American blend cheese, shredded lettuce, and Plain, Nonfat, Greek Yogurt to my Sloppy Joe Burrito Bowl and then garnished it with sliced radish. If you’ve never used Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt in the place of sour cream then you are missing out! It is a much healthier, nutritious replacement for Sour Cream and tastes SO much better than fat free sour cream.

sloppy joe burrito bowl

I hope you all have enjoyed stepping into my kitchen today and making these Sloppy Joe Burrito Bowl’s with me!

Happy eating, friends!


Sloppy Joe Burrito Bowl

All of the flavors of a delicious burrito, that replaces taco meat for homemade Sloppy Joe mix and puts the burrito in a bowl. A childhood, family favorite! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 tbsp bbq sauce
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • garlic salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • onion powder to taste
  • 1/4 cup water

Optional Garnishes:

  • guacamole
  • diced onion
  • sliced radish
  • shredded cheese
  • plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • couscous, rice, or quinoa
  • salsa
  • shredded lettuce
  • jalapeños
  • pico de gallo
  • whole kernel corn
  • diced tomato
  • black olives
  • diced bell pepper


  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet and drain off any fat that cooks out of the meat. 

  2. Add in all other ingredients and stir well, heating the mixture on low heat.

  3. Season the Sloppy Joe mix to taste with all seasonings, adding as you go.

  4. Serve the Sloppy Joe mix on hamburger buns, in a burrito shell, or make burrito bowls using the mix. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Lean ground turkey can be replaced for ground beef in this Sloppy Joe mix. 

Any BBQ sauce can be used, but I recommend using a sweeter BBQ sauce over a smoky or tangy one. 

Shared at  Weekend Potluck

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