Sloppy Joe Nachos with Caramelized Onions and Avocado Crema

These sloppy joe nachos with caramelized onions and avocado crema are just plain delicious! I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like sloppy joes, and I definitely don’t know anyone that doesn’t like nachos, so why not enjoy them together! I used my simple and delicious Sweet and Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joe recipe for the sloppy part. I normally like to add crispy fried onions to my sloppys so I thought sweet caramelized onions would go perfectly on these, especially since you’re already getting the crunch from the tortilla chips. They add such AMAZING flavor, I highly recommend not omitting them!

The avocado crema is suuuuper simple to make and adds the perfect amount of refreshing, cool creaminess; great on tacos too! The rest of the toppings are the old trusty fresh ingredients like lettuce, tomato, jalapeno for heat, and of course cheese! Baking the nachos helps to keep the chips nice and crisp.

These are a meal all alone, or perfect for sharing as a party snack or game day grub! Try some of my other favorite sloppy joe recipes below:

Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Sloppys

Sloppy Joe Nachos with Caramelized Onions and Avocado Crema

Servings 4
Author Laura Doerr


For the sloppy joes

  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp bbq sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey mustard
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • sriracha optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the caramelized onions

  • 1 large yellow onion sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

For the nachos

  • 1/2 bag tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese
  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • 2 scallions sliced
  • 1 fresh jalapeno sliced, optional
  • shredded lettuce optional
  • avocado chopped, optional
  • sriracha optional

For the avocado crema

  • 1 avocado ripe
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • salt and pepper


For the caramelized onions

  1. Heat olive oil over med-high heat in a non-stick skillet. Add sliced onions, and cook on med to med-low until soft and brown in color, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Turn off heat when they reach desired doneness.

For the avocado crema

  1. In a food processor, combine all of the avocado crema ingredients. Blend until smooth, taste and adjust seasoning if desired. Keep in refrigerator until ready to use.

For the sloppy joes

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet over med-high heat, brown the ground meat, diced onions, and garlic. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon, and cook until meat is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add in the remaining sloppy joe ingredients, stir until combined and simmer on low until heated through.

Nacho Assembly

  1. Arrange chips on a large baking sheet pan. Top with half of the shredded cheese. Scatter the sloppy joe mixture over that, followed by the reaming shredded cheese. Arrange the caramelized onions over the top. Bake for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  2. Top with diced tomatoes, jalapenos, scallions, avocado, lettuce, and drizzle with avocado crema, and sriracha (optional). Dig in!

Recipe Notes

This sloppy joe recipe is my sweet and spicy turkey sloppy joe recipe from the blog! Make a double batch of the meat for another meal!

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