Sloppy Quesadillas


Sloppy Joe meets quesadilla–this my friends, is a win-win situation. Sloppy Quesadillas are a fun twist on a family classic. What I love most about this recipe is that the “sauce” is made from clean ingredients like tomato sauce and spices. The recipe calls for one tablespoon of brown sugar–a lot less sugar than what you will find in other Sloppy Joe recipes or canned mixes. You can also serve the Sloppy Joe mixture on buns, stuffed into potatoes, or on top of quinoa. The options are endless! To round out the meal, serve with a side of roasted vegetables!

Sloppy Quesadillas
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 4 wraps or tortillas (I like Angelic Bakehouse or Ezekiel wraps.)
  • 1 lb. lean ground sirloin
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup or more sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon butter or more, for cooking
  • mustard, optional


  1. Add ground sirloin and diced onions to pan; cook for 12-15 minutes or until sirloin is cooked throughout and onions are tender. Drain fat if necessary.
  2. Add brown sugar, chili powder, and salt to sirloin mixture; cook for 1 minute, stirring consistently. Add 1/4 cup water and tomato sauce; bring to a boil, and reduce heat to simmer for 3-5 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Remove mixture from pan; keep warm. Wipe pan clean.
  4. Heat 1 teaspoon butter over medium-high heat; swirl pan to coat.
  5. Place one wrap in pan. On one half of the wrap, layer sirloin mixture, 1/4 cup cheese, and a drizzle of mustard. Fold opposite side of wrap over filling. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until bottom side of wrap becomes crisp. Flip; continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes or until both sides of the wrap are crisp and cheese has melted.
  6. Repeat steps with remaining ingredients. Cut each wrap into thirds.


Gluten-free: Use gluten-free wrap.

Gina Schade

Gina Schade

Gina is a certified health coach, author of The 90/10 Life Cookbook and director at Beautycounter. She helps her clients create a toxin-free complexion they feel 100% confident in!


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