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Sloppy Joe Totchos

Sloppy Joe Totchos are the perfect indulgence to make on game day for a crowd, for a snack or appetizer, or even for dinner. These are locked and loaded with flavor and texture.
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sloppy joes

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey I use 94% lean
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/4 cups tomato puree or sauce


  • 1 bag frozen tater tots
  • 1 cup freshly grated white cheddar havarti or monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup sliced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • 2 radishes sliced
  • lime wedges for spritzing


  • Note: I like to make this recipe best when I have LEFTOVER sloppy joes!! This recipe will yield a large portion of sloppy joes, so I suggest sticking it in the fridge for sandwiches per this recipe.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the olive oil. Stir in the onion, peppers and garlic. Cook until the onions soften, about 5 to 6 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and add in the turkey and beef with the salt and pepper, using a wooden spoon to break it apart and combine it. Cook until browned. Stir in the tomato paste, paprika and brown sugar. Stir in the tomato puree, Worcestershire and apple cider vinegar.
  • Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often. Taste and adjust to your preferences – more salt or pepper, more sugar if it’s too tangy, more vinegar if it’s too sweet.


  • Bake the tater tots according to the directions. This will most likely be around 425 degrees F for 20 minutes or so.
  • Once the tater tots are finished, top them with about 1 cup of the sloppy joe mixture. Top with the grated cheese. Stick them back in the oven until the mixture is warmed through and the cheese melts. Remove from the oven and top with the tomatoes, onions, cilantro, chives and radishes. Spritz with lime and serve immediately.

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