Sloppy Joes

food-1330As much as I am a huge fan of fresh produce, all natural ingredients, and healthy, balanced meals, on occasion, I really need a tasty, easy comfort food that is easy to get everyone to eat. Because after all, there are some nights I’m just not feeling up to negotiating how much of the meal one must finish in order to get a piece of their Easter candy for dessert. And sometimes, even I need a comfort food treat.

For as long as I can remember, sloppy joes were one of those “easy” meals moms made for their kids. After all, isn’t that how Manwich became so popular? But although I have been known in my past to resort to a can of Manwich, tonight I wanted to at least provide a “home-cooked” version of this traditional delight. And these sloppy joes were delightful indeed – the flavors were complex and satisfying, with just enough heat to keep it interesting. The heat comes from – what else? Chipotle! Chipotle peppers are one of my favorite peppers to use, I love their sweet and smoky heat. Chipotles are smoked, dried jalapeno peppers. The easiest way to get ahold of them is in canned form. You can find these in the Latin section of most groceries. Below is just one of several brands available. food-1332

With a few oven fries on the side, this was a comforting meal indeed, perfect for a Friday night. Yum!

2 T olive oil

1 red onion, chopped

3 ribs celery, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped

2 lbs ground beef

Salt and pepper

2 c crushed tomatoes

2/3 c ketchup

2 t Worcestershire sauce


Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot (but not smoking), add onion and celery. Cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add chipotle peppers and stir.


Increase heat to medium-high and add ground beef. Crumble ground beef as it cooks. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until browned. Season with salt and pepper.


Lower heat back to medium and add the crushed tomatoes, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring, until liquid is reduced and mixture is thick, about 20 minutes.


Check seasoning and adjust as necessary. Serve on hamburger buns.


Filed under Beef, Budget-Friendly, Main Dishes, Quick and Easy

12 responses to “Sloppy Joes

  1. Yummy!! It’s been a while since I’ve had a sloppy joe. A couple years to be exact. Nice that you stepped away from the manwich.

  2. Maris

    These look really great! I’m especially drooling at the oven fries in the background…looks like a great meal!

  3. this looks like a man’s sandwich, well done. I done once a meatball sandwich at Rico-Recipes which was great, but this ones here is really good too. 🙂

  4. From my experience you have to be very careful with those Chipotles, muy caliente! Adios Amiga, Tapas Tutor

  5. Well this is a memory from our youth that we are happy to recall! Sloppy Joes! and with some heat sounds so great. Thanks from Santa Barbara, best, s

  6. Jen

    What a great idea to add chipotles to sloppy joes – sounds delicious!

  7. I receive message to see this post loads of times…please don’t do that… I already reviewed it once…let’s not go overboard with the message sending. lol Rico

  8. tastyeatsathome

    Sorry Rico (and anyone else that received those multiple messages via FoodBuzz). I was only wanting to send it once. There was a technical error and it never showed me that it sent it at all. I promise I’m not trying to flood anyone’s mailbox with emails!

  9. We love sloppy joes! One thing I never had with the sandwich before I met Grumpy was coleslaw on top and it is SO GOOD! I love the chipotle addition to this recipe!

  10. I LOVE sloppy joes! Can’t wait to try this recipe out!

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