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Quick Fix: 15-Minute Spicy Joes with Creamy Cole Slaw

Quick Fix : Spicy Joes and Coleslaw | The Chelsea Project Blog | www.thechelseaproject.com

Time to put away your

white gloves,

white shirts,


white tablecloths…..

This quick and flavorful sandwich meal is a paper napkin kind of dish…

…for hearty appetites… that are on-the-go.

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1 to 1/4 pounds ground beef (I use 80/20 ground chuck….it’s more tender)

1 cup chunky salsa – medium heat

1 cup ketchup – (I like Heinz best)

1 to 2 tablespoonfuls of chili powder


One precut bag of slaw mix with peppers and onions

1/2 cup mayo or salad dressing (I use Miracle Whip)

3 to 4 tablespoonfuls sugar

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar – maybe

Step 1:  Get Your Fry Going

Toss the hamburger into your fav frying pan and get it cooking.


Step 2:  Dump, Stir, and Chill

Dump the precut cole slaw mix into a mixing bowl.


Mix the dressing ingredients together…..allow the sugar to dissolve.  Then, if the dressing remains stiff…..add a few drops of white vinegar…just enough to thin it to cake batter texture.  Maybe up to 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon…it depends on the mayo/salad dressing brand…

…..Add to the slaw mix.


Have a little taste….

Flat?  Think salt sprinkle……..and taste it again.

Tart?  Grab the sugar….and start slowly.  Stir in one or two teaspoonfuls and have another taste.

Needs umph?  Most likely red or black pepper…..or maybe onion……if you’re really an onion person.

Don’t worry about finding the perfect taste right now….allowing the slaw to chill will change the flavor.

Cover and pop the bowl into the frig…..the final seasoning is done on the way out of the frig.

Yes, I know there are premixed slaw dressings available.

If you like the flavor, please use…they’re a time saver.

Step 3:  Slop the Joes

After the meat is browned and drained to a heart healthy dry…..  Yes.  I insist.  Drain.  Drain.  Drain.

Return the meat to the fry pan…….along with the salsa, ketchup, and chili powder.

Stir together and have a taste.

Flat?  Sprinkle salt……annnd taste.

Sour/tart?  Add one teaspoonful of sugar – white or brown.  Some ketchup brands have more vinegar than others.

Need heat?  A sprinkle of ground red pepper…..more salsa can make the sauce too thin.

Yes, I know there are premixed Joe mixes available.

If you like the flavor, please use…they’re a time saver.

Let the Joes simmer while you taste and season the slaw……

…..grab the mustard from the frig

…..and a plate from the cabinet.

Step 4:  Make It a Mile High

Now, pile on the meat….


And the cole slaw…..


And, the bun topper.

I like lots of kick….so I sprinkle even more ground red pepper on top of the slaw.  Smokey paprika will also do the trick….just please take an extra second to make it pretty.


And…..there you have it.





…So quick…

…So simple…


…Soooo delish.


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  • Reply Gail574 February 7, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    This looks SO good. It reminds me of the many sloppy joes I ate at your house when we were younger. I can almost smell them right now. Your Mom made THE best sloppy joes EVER!!! I always had a great time at your house. I loved being there.

  • Reply SheilaG@Plum Doodles March 30, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    This sounds like a very tasty spicy version of sloppy joes- thanks for the update to the taste buds. 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 30, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks, Shelia. I make these all the time. My guys love the spicy and sweet together. XOXO

  • Reply apurdylittlehouse March 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    This looks so easy and yummy. I would eat the entire thing 😉

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 30, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks, Sue. Well, this is incredibly low-cal…so go ahead….eat the whole thing. LOL… XOXO

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