Trashy Joes


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I’m going to need for you to not judge this post by its name.

IMGP3873 Yes, these sloppy joes are a little slutty.  I honestly wanted to call them Sloppy Whores.

But I refrained. As much as I thought it suited them, it just didn’t quite seem right.

See, they’re trashy in a good way. Well, they are kinda traditional; the sloppy joe beef mixture is spicy and I added white shoepeg corn, white queso cheese, jalapenos and tomatoes on top.

IMGP3903 Have y’all noticed that I seem to have an affinity for making messy ass burgers? I guess I need to reign that in. Oh, wait. No I definitely don’t.

Speaking of messy, I had my first food truck meal yesterday. Birmingham has several, but I haven’t had the opportunity to try them until yesterday when three of them parked in front of the hospital while I was at work, which was so convenient, and Holy Lord, delicious. I had a chicken soft taco from Cantina On Wheels. It had cilantro mayo and a slaw that was amazing. I spent every single bite trying to figure out what was in it so I could recreate it. I’m counting the days until they come back.

Anyway, back to the Trashy Joe- The shoepeg corn adds such a fun crunch, not to mention the jalapenos. I actually took the bun off a couple of times to dip tortilla chips in all the sloppiness.

IMGP3862 They’re a hot mess.
IMGP3930 I love beautiful messes. Even if they aren’t that pretty, they taste damn good.

Here you go, trash it up-

Trashy Joes


  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 12 oz can white shoepeg corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp Cholula hot sauce (optional)
  • 8 sesame rolls
  • 1 refrigerated container white queso cheese (Gordo's is an example)
  • Pickled jalapeno slices
  • Sliced grape tomatoes


  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat; add onion and bell pepper. Saute until soft and fragrant, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and cover.
  • Brown a pound of ground sirloin over medium heat.
  • Lower heat to medium and whisk together the brown sugar, salt, Worcestershire, soy sauce, tomato sauce and Cholula; add to ground sirloin and combine.
  • Cover and simmer for 7-10 minutes.
  • Spoon beef mixture over the bottom of one sesame bun, add a tablespoon of corn on top.
  • Pour over a big spoonful of queso cheese.
  • Sprinkle jalapeno and tomato slices.
  • Top with sesame seed bun.
  • Serve!

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