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A sloppy Joe on a white plate with a close up shot to see the texture of the meat.

Frito Pie Sloppy Joes

Frito Pie Sloppy Joes with a well seasoned ground beef sloppy Joe mixture, topped with Fritos corn chips, and shredded cheddar cheese. Everything you love about classic Frito pie casserole, but in an easy to eat, kid approved, sloppy Joe! You will love this family favorite dinner recipe. 
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot sloppy joes, frito pie sloppy joes, sloppy joe recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 582kcal
Author Jessica - Together as Family


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can (29 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar OR apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika


  • hamburger buns
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fritos corn chips


  • In a large skillet pan, over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, chopped red pepper, and chopped onion. Sauté until the onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef, kosher salt, and garlic and continue cooking and crumbling the meat, until it’s no longer pink. About 8-10 minutes. Drain any excess fat/moisture from the pan.
  • Add the tomato sauce, worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and all the dried seasonings into the meat mixture. Stir to combine well.
  • Bring to a boil, over medium-high heat, and once boiling reduce the heat as needed (to avoid splatter) and let it simmer for 25 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Do not cover the pan with a lid because we want the mixture to thicken while simmering.
  • TIP : If wanted, while the meat is simmering, spread butter onto each half of the hamburger buns and place them on a cookie sheet. Broil it for a few minutes until it's browned to preference. Watch carefully to avoid burning! Toasting the buns makes such a difference with sloppy joes.
  • Once mixture is thickened to your liking, use a slotted spoon, to serve a scoop of the sloppy joe mixture on a hamburger bun. Top with shredded cheese and Fritos corn chips. Enjoy!


Nutrition Information & Serving Size : Calories listed are for one sloppy Joe. It includes the sloppy joe meat, hamburger bun, ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese, and ¼ cup Fritos corn chips on it. Depending on what kind of cheese, hamburger bun, and Fritos chips you use, the nutrition information could be different. Calories listed are for the regular Fritos and for regular fat cheddar cheese. 
The recipe makes 8 hearty servings. Meaning, each sloppy Joe will be full. My family does not love tons of meat on their sloppy joes so I can get 10 servings out of this recipe.
Tip : Don't rush the simmering time! Give it the full 25 minutes of simmer time for the best flavor, texture, and thickness. Make sure the heat is turned to low or medium-low, to avoid any splatter. Stir occasionally. 
Cheese : We think cheddar cheese tastes the best but you can use any variety of cheese you like. For best results and taste, shred/grate your own cheese from a block of cheese.
Make It Spicy! : Add additional chili powder and/or add cayenne pepper to the mix. You can also use shredded pepper jack cheese. They also sell hot & spicy (jalapeño I think) Fritos as well.  


Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 1397mg | Potassium: 886mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1223IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 330mg | Iron: 6mg