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Chipotle Chili Sloppy Joes

My husband didn't like sloppy joes until he tried my rendition with its smoky heat. If you need to dial down the fiery zip, cut down on or eliminate the peppers. —Brittany Allyn, Mesa, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped, optional
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 6 kaiser rolls or hamburger buns, split
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • Pickle slices, optional


  • Preheat broiler. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion, green pepper and, if desired, jalapeno over medium heat until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles, 5-7 minutes; drain.
  • Stir in chili sauce, water, chipotle peppers, brown sugar and mustard; bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Lightly spread cut sides of rolls with butter; arrange on a baking sheet, buttered side up. Broil 3-4 in. from heat until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds. Fill with beef mixture and, if desired, pickles.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Prepare sandwiches as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 313 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 615mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 fat.
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  • Margaret
    Oct 4, 2020

    What kind of chili sauce did you use? Regular bottled chili sauce?

  • Julia
    Feb 25, 2020

    These were soooo good. My husband and I devoured them and I’m excited to have leftovers tomorrow!!! Really easy to make and the flavors came together so well. I think this will become a staple.

  • jstowellsupermom
    Jan 25, 2017

    This recipe was great!!! My whole family loved it!!! Easy to make and tons of flavor!!