Prep Time
20 Mins
5 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Add Mexican-inspired spice to this traditional family favorite. Serve with your favorite coleslaw for an easy side.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; cover and cook 8 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; set aside.

Step 2

Remove 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from can; set aside. Remove 1 chipotle chile from can; chop and set aside. Reserve remaining chiles and adobo sauce for another use.

Step 3

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add bell pepper to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in chopped chipotle chile, adobo sauce, tomato paste, and next 3 ingredients (through tomato sauce); cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon 1/2 cup beef mixture over bottom half of each bun, and top evenly with onions and top half of bun.

Step 4

Plate with pickle chips and a simple slaw. Combine 1/3 cup canola-based mayonnaise, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add 3 cups packaged cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw, tossing well to combine.

Ratings & Reviews

Eatwell94's Review

January 28, 2015
My household is already fans of sloppy joes (out of a can) so I thought I'd mix it up with this recipe for a guys night at our house, and it was a huge hit. Some liked the onions on top, some wanted them mixed in, I found it just about as easy as pouring it out of a can, so the prep wasn't bad at all. Not everyone is good with spicy foods, but even for those who can't handle much kick, they found it good, but not overwhelming. The leftovers (not alot of them) were gone the very next day, and as I heard, reheated very well. This is now the preferred sloppy joes recipe in our house.

lucky79tr's Review

January 07, 2013
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.

daneanp's Review

April 26, 2013
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.

carol52johns's Review

March 29, 2009

bmoreravencook's Review

May 04, 2010
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!

mph067's Review

February 11, 2010
Very good, more adult sloppy joes. They are spicy but not knock you down spice

renata's Review

May 06, 2010
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.

rmiller415's Review

February 25, 2010
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.

8stringfan's Review

November 07, 2009
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.

milton60's Review

April 13, 2009
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.