Chipotle Sloppy Joes

  • carolfitz Posted: 03/16/10
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    Added chopped garlic to the beef and an additional teaspoon of adobo sauce. Plated open-face on toasted kaiser rolls halves (because that's what we had on hand). The sweet onions "made up for" the lack of sugars (ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, bbq sauce, etc) we might expect in a more traditional sloppy joe recipe. Served with the recommended coleslaw. Very good.

  • GirlNinja Posted: 04/07/09
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    Tasty, went together very quickly, but not the usual standout I expect from Cooking Light. I used extra lean ground beef (96/4) since I couldn't find ground sirloin. Not sure how they correlate but extra lean was perfect. Served with tater tots because they're yummy and fun! Will definitely make again...great for weeknights.

  • DixieDishrag Posted: 04/07/09
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    This has lots of potential. I added lots of garlic, doubled the cumin, increased the salt a little, and used at least double the chipotle (didn't measure, just spooned the pureed stuff into the pan). In the end, it was well-seasoned but not great. I ran out of time and gave up messing with it, but I think all it needed was more tomato sauce. Next time I'll add an extra can. Served with baked chips & coleslaw. Will definitely make it again.

  • lindawoodsacook Posted: 04/01/09
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    This dish went together quick and easy. Had great spice and not like the sweet mix from the can. The onions are an excellent touch.

  • elsinore51 Posted: 04/03/09
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    Fixed this for dinner last night and DH and I loved it! Easy to put together (even slicing and chopping my own veggies) and wonderful flavor. Sent the recipe off to several people to try - don't do that very often! Served it with a fresh broccoli slaw. Will add to our regular menu rotation. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the rest of the chipotles ;)

  • DanaSam Posted: 09/20/09
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    These are very good, but a little too spicy for me. I would cut back on the chiles, especially if serving kids.

  • smarty Posted: 08/05/09
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    I thought this was good. I followed the recipe exactly but served on whole wheat buns (no pickles). I even made the coleslaw-- although I thought the coleslaw was a little weird tasting. Overall it's a good sloppy joe recipe. I won't be making it super often, but when in the mood this is a nice smokey twist on an old classic.

  • Flits21 Posted: 04/19/09
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    I used ground buffalo and added a minced garlic clove when I added the green pepper. I also drained the beef after browning. I may have added more than one chipotle, because I thought it was very spicy. Served with roasted broccoli (too lazy to make slaw). Doesn't really need the onions.."Two thumbs up" from my husband. He liked it better than my usual "sophisto joe's" from epicurous.com

  • flowerfroggirl Posted: 05/07/09
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    O M G these were FABULOUS! Since you only use one chili out of the can, you can make several batches of these. I put the rest of the chilis in the freezer for later use. One wasn't too spicy at first, but heated up for lunch today they were sort of spicy, so watch out for that if you intend to have these as left overs. They were super easy to make and MUCH better than regular sloppy joes. I may just retire that recipe and use this one from now on!! I served them with cole slaw and chili fries.

  • EllenDeller Posted: 02/14/10
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    Liked the sweet onion and the chipotle, but this is otherwise nothing that special. It's good and serviceable, but I like a sloppy joe with more sauce and more tang. Maybe add rice wine vinegar?

  • alikat217 Posted: 03/03/10
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    Made this for my husband and he LOVED it! I highly recommend this recipe!

  • renata Posted: 05/06/10
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    Wow, I'm suprised by how spicy this was using just one chipotle pepper! I love spicy food, but I actually had to add additional tomato sauce (and apple cider vinegar) to reduce the heat for my husband and me. He said it was good otherwise, but asked that I leave out the chile next time. Maybe I got an especially spicy can of chipotle in adobe? Our mouths were burning through dinner! Anyway, I don't see this as a good recipe for kids.

  • jameyadams Posted: 08/04/10
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    Good and quick!

  • carlybarley7 Posted: 04/06/09
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    Very good sandwiches. I used a whole bell pepper instead of just 1/2 a cup and added chili powder, cayenne, paprika and garlic to the mix. Also, instead of serving with cole slaw, I made oven fries.

  • Lilikoi Posted: 04/01/09
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    These Sloppy Joes had so much flavor! The chipotle added beautiful smoke without heat, which was great because my kids gobbled them up, too. I used a red bell pepper since that's what I had, and I forgot the sweet onions--though we all liked it without them, too. Served with a broccoli slaw and fresh strawberries, this was quick (20 minutes) and very tasty.

  • Giulietti Posted: 04/06/09
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    Really tasty...a cinch to put together. Served with broccoli/carrot slaw (a little different than the suggested standard slaw). My husband loved it. With the one teaspoon of adobo and the 1 chili, it was spicy so if you aren't a fan of the "kick", I'd cut the adobo and the chili amounts in half! Definitely going to make this again!

  • DMan49 Posted: 04/01/09
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    The sirloin ground meat was low in fat which is good. I like chipotle so i enjoyed the sandwich, quick and easy to make. Carmalized onions go well with this sandwich. Good for a day of watching sports on tv.

  • JSouders Posted: 04/28/09
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    I did not rate this recipe 5 stars; the drop down menu would not go past that option. I'd give it 4. The outcome was great, but you need to cook the onions more in a light butter spread, not just spray. Also, adding a bit more chipotle sauce adds much needed flavor. Definitely drain the meat/peppers before adding the paste etc. as instructed so it's not so greasy. Forget the cole slaw in the magazine...it's terribly bland. I baked a few french fries -- it was a better side than the slaw.

  • bubby427 Posted: 06/19/09
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    Super easy and fast to prepare. I removed the seeds from the chipotle pepper to reduce the heat. Very delicious! Highly recommend!

  • Runnergal Posted: 05/08/09
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    I made these tonight and they were sooooo good! They even topped my childhood memories of loving sloppy joe's. Definitely do not skip the onions! They are super easy to make and their sweetness plays wonderfully off of the smokiness of the chipotle. They key to getting them right using just cooking spray is to make sure you use a small skillet and keep them covered while cooking. The skillet should be small enough that when you first put the onions in, they are almost overflowing, but as they soften up you will see that they fit nicely. Also, make sure you use kosher salt as that is also key to the flavor. I served these with the goat cheese potato salad, also featured in the April edition and loved the play of tanginess vs. the smokiness of the joe's!

  • Veggiecook11 Posted: 05/22/09
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    I am a vegetarian so I made this with soy beef, but other than that didn't change a thing. Wow, these were good. Nicely spicy and the sweet onions on top just took them to another level.

  • milton60 Posted: 04/13/09
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    My family loved this recipe. I took some leftover adobo sauce and mixed with mayo to spread on the buns. You can freeze the rest for later. They even loved the slaw. My son put the slaw on top of the sloppy joe meat. Will make again.

  • bafinaire Posted: 05/09/10
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    I found it kind of flavorless besides the heat from the chipotle.

  • Saecca Posted: 05/17/09
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    I loved this recipe. It is a nice play on the traditional sloppy joe taste. The coleslaw was a great addition to make the entire meal blend together. Definitely only add one adobo chile-- the pack a punch. I think that is a crowd please because it is unique enough and familiar enough for most people.

  • chassityj Posted: 04/03/09
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    It's funny that most people have chosen three to five stars for this recipe, but yet they go on to describe how they have to change it quite a bit. The same was true with me. The recipe as is, is extremely bland. I added lots of garlic, salt, mustard, and ketchup in order to increase the flavor. And I cooked it at a high heat at the end to thicken the mixture. After all that, the recipe was great! =)

  • CookingGator Posted: 04/11/09
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    I don't understand the other reviewers who said this didn't have much flavor. My only deviation from the recipe was to use regular tomato sauce instead of low-salt and to mix in the carmelized onions when the sauce was simmering. It was bold and delicious - far better than the stuff in the can and just as easy. For the cook wondering what to do with the leftover chipotles - I freeze them in an icecube tray (one per compartment with some sauce), then transfer to a freezer bag. They keep forever.

  • JADub1 Posted: 04/28/09
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    This was absolutely delish! My husband said it was the best sloppy joe he has ever had. I added more chipotle's and sauce than what it called for and next time I wouldn't add as much salt. This is super easy and incredibly quick! I am definitely adding it to my recipe rotation.

  • 8stringfan Posted: 11/07/09
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    Very, very good. Perhaps the perfect sloppy joe? Fairly quick to make with four solid servings. The cole slaw is a quick and easy side that I thought was fine. I did double the cumin, chipotle, and adobo sauce in the recipe and feel it was a good idea.

  • seasaw55 Posted: 09/19/10
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    This is a great fast meal. Very tasty and easy to make. My husband and I really like this one.

  • rmiller415 Posted: 02/25/10
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    Made as directed. Loved the addition of chipotle to a comfort food classic. Unlike some other reviewers, I thought this had plenty of zip and flavor. The onions also add a lot to the final product. Really enjoyed this and will make again.

  • lhelton1230 Posted: 04/28/10
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    We will definitely have this again. Big hit with everyone. It's easy, fast, perfect for a weeknight. I added a little more ancho sauce, but we like things spicy. Otherwise, it was perfect.

  • Jazzy1 Posted: 08/31/10
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    I followed the recipe, I am not a fan of spicy food, however this was delicious. I will make this again.

  • AEmery4444 Posted: 11/01/09
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    So good! I like to put the slaw on the sandwich. It is a really contrast to the heat and spice.

  • mph067 Posted: 02/11/10
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    Very good, more adult sloppy joes. They are spicy but not knock you down spice

  • PhilDog Posted: 11/20/09
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    This is on the regular rotation at my house. I usually make it with ground turkey and actually prefer it that way. Not a green pepper fan so I leave those out, but like someone else said don't forget the sweet onions. Pairs well with most coleslaw, especially nice with sweeter ones to tame the heat.

  • CookieNoelle Posted: 12/10/10
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    This recipe has great flavor and just enough spice. I really love the idea of this-of making a Sloppy Joe that is just a little less processed. I was able to use a lot of organic items and make this without any added sugar.

  • bmoreravencook Posted: 05/04/10
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    This was so flavorful- my boyfriend went back for seconds. I served with southwestern corn (on top of the sandwich for me) and store bought coleslaw.Great weeknight meal- quick and easy!

  • DineWell4Me Posted: 10/25/10
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    I have made this recipe with the coleslaw as the side dish many times. It is fast, easy, and definitely makes for good comfort food! We like it spicy in our house so we step up the chipolte sauce! It's good leftover too.

  • nolaSam Posted: 11/04/10
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    Made this last night for dinner. Went over really well with DBF. Next time I would double the chipotle because the flavor was good but we wanted more zip - ended up just adding some pickled jalapenos on top. Super easy recipe that I will likely make again.

  • Hooptwin Posted: 12/05/10
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    I made this with ground turkey instead of ground sirloin. My husband and I agreed it was very good! We topped with a basic guacamole, lettuce & tomato. We had a bunch of the onion leftover at the end, so probably only need 1.5 cups.

  • Belladonna714 Posted: 04/09/11
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    This was so good that my boyfriend went back for seconds. I used venison that I had in the freezer in place of sirloin & served with the recommended coleslaw, (also delicious), and a kosher dill pickle. My only complaint is that I burned the onion a little at medium high heat. I would make this again for an easy weeknight meal but wouldn't necessarily serve it to guests.

  • gardenjunkie77 Posted: 04/06/11
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    Very flavorful! I added extra chiles and sauce for some more zip and it tasted great. I would definitely make these again!

  • IQuittner Posted: 04/07/11
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    A nice twist for sloppy joes. I added some chopped green olive and used red bell pepper.. turned out great.

  • Unless173 Posted: 11/10/11
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    My husband's favorite! The slaw is great too.

  • ShineAllOver Posted: 01/23/13
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    This is my family's new favorite sloppy joe recipe. The chipotle adds something special.

  • lucky79tr Posted: 01/07/13
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    It was very good. The chipotle added a nice spice but was not too overly hot but if you do not like spicey foods you might want to cut the amount of chipotle pepper.

  • DonnaNJ Posted: 04/24/12
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    This was very easy to pull together and I loved the addition of the chili in adobo which imparted a wonderful smoky/spicy element to the dish. Instead of the hamburger roll, I used a whole wheat english muffin which contained 8 grams of fiber. It was a nice hearty and healthy alternative to the hamburger roll, which can be overwhelmed by the meat mixture, in my opinion. Plus it boosted the nutrient level! This will be a go to recipe.

  • kathym50 Posted: 03/15/13
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    Made this last night when the recipe popped up on the daily - sounded soooooo good - the mixture was hot and smoky from the Chipotle, but had no real depth of flavor - I found some traditional Sloppy Joe recipes for the leftovers tonight and really enjoyed - added about a tbs vinegar, about 1tbs brown sugar and 1 tsp worcestershire - since I had origianlly doubled the recipe and we had already eaten it last night, - only 2 of us - these measurements worked out fine - for us, it created a contrast and depth of flavor the original lacked.

  • jpumphrey Posted: 11/12/12
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    I remade this dish tonight but swapped the Lean Ground Beef with Lean Ground Turkey. I will never buy sloppy joe mix in a can again! I paired it with a Caramelized Onion and Poppy Seed Cole Slaw. The smokey chipotle flavor paired well with the savory sweet slaw!

  • willow3eb Posted: 04/03/13
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    Big hit with the hubby! (and of course me too). Got this recipe in my email and after a few days I decided why not make it and give it a shot. I subbed 93/7 ground turkey for the beef and it still tasted great. My hubby isn't huge on onions, so he skipped them but I liked them on it. Paired with some sweet potato fries and a simple green veg and we had a complete and yummy meal, with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day.

  • CasandraO Posted: 12/21/12
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    Not a big fan of sloppy joe's but this has become a favorite! A little spicy for the kids and I liked without the onions. I heated up leftovers for the next day and added blue cheese crumbles. Fantasic! Would definitely recommend it!

  • pamster2118 Posted: 05/11/12
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    Yummy and very easy to make. We like spicy so I added an extra pepper - but be careful because it did have a burn. Didn't add the green pepper because I didn't have one - didn't miss it. Also added a "blob" of grape jelly to add a touch of sweet. Gotta have the onions - they make the dish! Will make this again!

  • daneanp Posted: 04/26/13
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    Really good and super easy. I would even use ground turkey. Just the right amount of spice. I just used yellow onion instead of the sweet onion and red pepper because I didn't have any green pepper on hand. Delish. Even my picky teen ate the pepper which she usually picks out (of course she also put shredded cheddar on the open-faced sandwich). The coleslaw was a nice side dish.

  • cmm1415 Posted: 02/15/14
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    I really enjoyed this recipe. I didn't have any green pepper, so I had to make it without it but it still came out very tasty. Next time I make I will make sure I have the green pepper because that will make it even better I'm sure.

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