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    Sloppy Joes Tater Tot Nachos Recipe

    Published September 30, 2016. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Up your nacho game with this amazing classic turned upside in this Sloppy Joes Tater Tot Nachos Recipe that is ridiculously delicious!

    Sloppy Joes Tater Tot Nachos Recipe

    OMG, Get out of town, shut the front door, this is INSANE! The only real reason I made this is because I made Weeknight Homemade Sloppy Joes for my good friends over at The Inspired Home and I had a ton of leftovers after every one was good and full.  So I started to think to myself, what should I do with all this leftover goodness?  Then it hit, BOOM!!  Talk about delicious, whoa!  It’s crazy because in less than 2 weeks I made sloppy joes 3 times.  The other time was in this Turkey Sloppy Joe Recipe with Mozzarella and Pickles which was dang good and could be used in this recipe as well.



    This is actually really easy to make.  I’ve kind of been on this kick lately of knowing what’s in my food and if I can do it homemade then why wouldn’t I?  The sauce for sloppy joes is literally ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder and soy sauce, that’s it.  So the next time you’re thinking of popping open a can or tearing open a packet remember that you probably already have all of these ingredients on your shelves so give it a try.

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    The next thing that is on top is some crispy bacon I had leftover, some cut up bread and butter pickles and some balsamic onions.  I’ve mad balsamic onions a few times in some other recipes and it is just so easy.  Literally roasting onions while brushing them with balsamic vinegar every 5 to 7 minutes for about 30 minute on 400°, that’s all folks, it’s that simple.


    The tater tots of course were already pre-made, sorry was not going to take the time to make those by hand, I have way more things to do then to worry about forming perfect little potato puffs, no offense.  If you want a killer nachos recipe then this is where it’s at!  It’s like that Wednesday night family meal all into one, you’re welcome :-).

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    Sloppy Joes Tater Tot Nachos Recipe

    5 from 1 vote
    Up your nacho game with this amazing classic turned upside in this Sloppy Joes Tater Tot Nachos Recipe that is ridiculously delicious!
    Servings: 10
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 45 minutes


    • 2 thickly sliced sweet onions
    • 3/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon of sugar
    • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic
    • 1 each seeded and diced red and yellow bell pepper
    • 2 pounds of ground beef
    • 1 cup of ketchup
    • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon of mustard
    • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
    • ½ cup of water
    • 1 cup of shredded pepper Jack cheese
    • 1 cup of shredded Colby Jack cheese
    • 2 pound bag of heated up and cooked tater tots
    • 8 strips of chopped crisp cooked bacon
    • 1 cup of small diced bread and butter pickles


    • Preheat the oven to 400°.
    • Place the onion slices on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and put in the oven.
    • In a small bowl whisk together the balsamic vinegar and sugar and brush the onions in the oven every 5 to 7 minutes for 30 minutes or until they are caramelized.
    • Remove the onions from the oven and small dice. Set aside.
    • In a large saute pan on high heat with 1 tablespoons of olive oil add in the garlic and peppers and saute for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned.
    • Add in the beef and cook until there is no more pink.
    • Next add in the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, chili powder, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce and mix it in until it is completely combined. Add water to thin out.
    • To Plate: Place the hot tater tots on a sheet tray or in a bowl and sprinkle on the cheese and place under the broiler on high heat until it is melted and lightly browned, about 2 to 4 minutes.
    • Next, add the sloppy joes, chopped onions, chopped bacon and butter pickles to the top and serve!


    Calories: 648kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 26gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1101mgPotassium: 761mgFiber: 3gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 413IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 230mgIron: 3mg
    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American
    Author: Chef Billy Parisi