Chalupa Joes Recipe

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Ordinary sloppy joes get a lift from extra seasonings and picante sauce. Try serving them with refried beans and tortilla chips for a mouthwatering Mexican meal.—Nancy Means, Moline, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup picante sauce
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 Italian-style buns, split
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 437 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 1037 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 26 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the picante sauce, soy sauce, oil, mustard, lemon-pepper, garlic powder, nutmeg and cardamom; simmer for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in cheese. Spoon onto buns and sprinkle with onions. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chalupa Joes in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p89

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Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"A fresh, Tex-Mex spin on sloppy joes. We cooked the green onions along with the meat and sauce. My family and I all liked them."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"Great idea!!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"We left out the cheese & green onion and used salsa instead of picante. Delicioso!

~ Theresa"

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