There’s nothing better than a great sandwich on a toasty bun. It’s a weak spot for me. But sometimes the macros can climb fast if you’re not aware. This Mexican Sloppy Joe brings all the flavor and texture and sandwich-satisfaction (sandwich-faction??) and it’s still got great macros. Easy family dinner that works for everyone!

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What You’ll Need for a Mexican Sloppy Joe:

  • Brioche hamburger bun
  • Fajita Ground Turkey Skillet
  • Sharp cheddar cheese 
  • Avocado
  • Pickled onions
  • Shredded green cabbage
  • Salsa verde
  • Pinch of salt
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How to Make a Mexican Sloppy Joe:

First things first: not all buns are created equal, and personally, I don’t think anything beats a brioche bun for a sloppy Joe. The Pierre brioche are amazing and have pretty decent macros at 25 carbs, 3 fat, 5 protein. Obviously you can use whatever bun you like, and I’ll give the option to log without the bread in case you’d prefer to log your own gluten-free bread or wrap etc.

Spray buns with a little oil spray and toast for just a minute under the broiler. Once the buns are golden brown, remove the top from the oven and add meat mixture from my fajita ground turkey skillet recipe. Then, add some cheese to the bottom bun. Return both sides of the bun to the broiler for less than a minute, just until everything is melty.

Toss Together Toppings

Before we can start building our sloppy joe, we need to make our slaw. Toss your cabbage together with salsa verde and a pinch of salt.  Let it sit for a minute to let the flavors meld together. If you like things a little creamy you can totally throw in a little bit of your favorite plain yogurt (dairy-free or Greek!) 

Now for the toppings. We’ve already got our meat mixture and cheese on our bun. Now all you need to do is add avocado and dressed cabbage to the sandwich. Of course pickled onions are always a good idea!

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If I haven’t convinced you to have a never-ending stock of quick-pickled onions in your fridge, just use raw! OR, simply stir together ½ cup apple cider vinegar,  1 Tbsp. sugar, 1 ½  tsp. kosher salt, and 1 cup warm water. Slice one red onion super thin and throw it in the liquid. Let it sit out for an hour before storing the container in the fridge. USE ON EVERYTHING. Find the official recipe online HERE with more details if you’d like!

Enjoy!

Serving Suggestions:

Our family loves eating this macro-friendly Mexican sloppy joe as is, but Maple cumin roasted carrots or Mexican street corn salsa would be delicious and healthy ways to make this sandwich become a rounded out meal.  

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Mexican Sloppy Joe

This Mexican sloppy joe has become a family favorite at our house. There’s nothing better than a stacked sandwich, piled high on toasted bread with savory meat and fresh crunchy veggies. If you’re looking for other macro-friendly meal ideas, make sure you are hanging out with me on Instagram and TikTok. I’m always sharing the new macro-friendly things I’m coming up with. I’ve also got four macro-friendly cookbooks here!

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Mexican Sloppy Joe

This Mexican sloppy joe is the perfect macro-friendly meal.
Course dinner, Lunch, Sandwiches/Wrap
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Calories 353 kcal

Disclaimer: the grams I’ve listed manually after each ingredient are accurate for a single recipe, but they will not multiply if you choose the 2x or 3x option. Please make sure and multiply on your own!

Ingredients

  • 1 Brioche hamburger bun
  • 3 ½ oz Fajita Ground Turkey Skillet (see recipe!)(100 g)
  • 1 Thin slice sharp cheddar cheese (17 g)
  • 1/4 Small avocado (25 g)
  • 1 Tbsp Pickled onions (see recipe!)(10 g)
  • Handful shredded green cabbage
  • 1 Tbsp Salsa verde
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Toast the buns with a little oil spray, for just a minute under the broiler until golden brown. Remove the top from the oven, add meat mixture and cheese to the bottom bun, and return to the broiler just until melted.
  • Toss cabbage with salsa verde and a pinch of salt and let it sit for a minute. (If you like things a little creamy, throw in a little bit of your favorite plain yogurt!) Add avocado and dressed cabbage to the sandwich. Enjoy!

Notes

I use the St. Pierre brioche buns for 25 carbs, 3 fat, 5 protein. I’ll give the option to log without the bread in case you’d prefer to log your own bread or wrap etc.
If I haven’t convinced you to have a never-ending stock of quick-pickled onions in your fridge, just use raw! OR, simply stir together ½ cup apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp. sugar, 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt, and 1 cup warm water. Slice one red onion super thin and throw it in the liquid. Let it sit out for an hour before storing the container in the fridge. USE ON EVERYTHING. (Search “Lillie Eats Quick Pickled onions” to find the recipe online with more details if you’d like!)
GF/DF: Simply skip the cheese which will change your macros by (-60 cal, -4.8f, -4.2p). Log the breadless option and add on your favorite gluten free bun option!
MFP: Lillie Eats and Tells Mexican Sloppy Joe

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich with breadFiber: 3gCalories: 353kcalFat: 15gProtein: 23.6gCarbohydrates: 32g
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