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Monday, September 1, 2014

Chipotle Sloppy Joes

Recipe updated April 2018

These spiced-up sloppy joes may be a little hot for the kids, but the grownups will dig in. Smoky chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, plus a little red onion and chile powder, make flavor-loaded, deliciously spicy, not-so-old-fashioned sloppy joe sandwiches. Easy and fast too—cooks in about 20 minutes.

For a milder version with ground turkey instead of sirloin, check out Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes.

Serves 4

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce
  • 2 tsp chile powder
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 kaiser rolls or large sandwich buns, lightly toasted
  • dill pickles for serving (optional)

Chipotle, Adobo, and Onion
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion and chipotle chiles and cook, stirring frequently, 3 minutes.
  2. Add the ground sirloin, adobo sauce, and chile powder and season with salt and pepper. Cook, crumbling the meat, until just cooked through, 5-6 minutes.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes and oregano and re-season with salt, if desired. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes. 

Onion Mixture Beginning to Cook
Beef Mixture Added
Tomatoes Added
Cooked Sloppy Joe Mixture
Divide the sloppy joe mixture on the bottoms of the rolls, place the tops on, and serve with dill pickles on the side, if desired.

Chipotle Sloppy Joes

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