By Chef Alli

Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes


  • 3 lbs. ground beef, 95 percent lean
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 14-oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup taco seasoning blend
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Heat a large, greased cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot.
  • Add ground beef, onion and cumin; cook 10-12 minutes, breaking ground beef into crumbles and stirring occasionally until cooked throughout.
  • Drain fats, then stir in ketchup, corn, beans, tomato sauce and taco seasoning; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Stir in cilantro; season to taste with salt and black pepper.

To serve at a picnic, potluck, or family reunion:
Keep beef mixture warm in a large slow cooker. Lay out buns for sandwiches, flour tortillas for soft tacos, tortilla chips for taco salad - plus all the trimmings. A low-carb option is the meat mixture served in a bowl topped with the slaw. It’s fun to offer a variety of ways this can be eaten. Kids will often eat the sloppy joe mixture just plain, using tortilla chips for dipping.

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