Sloppy joes are one of the meals Lance gets pretty excited about – probably because we don’t have them all that often…perhaps I need to change that?. The last time I made them he actually said “yesss” haha. Like he was a kid that saw what was on the lunch menu in the cafeteria. Priceless.
Speaking of cafeteria and sloppy joes, does anyone else thing of this scene in Billy Madison with the lunch lady every time they hear the word sloppy joes? I can never get it our of my head when I make them. One of these days I’ll watch Billy Madison while I’m making/eating sloppy joes. A new bucket list item I guess
As much as I love to the taste of sloppy joes, I have the hardest time eating them – they are so freaking messy. I completely hate getting food on my face, which is basically unavoidable with these bad boys.
I wanted to switch up our usual sloppy joes with something a little more exciting. I had used some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for another dish earlier in the week and knew this would be an awesome way to use up some more of them.
These are loaded with spicy chipotle flavor with a hint of sweetness. I like to use both the chipotle pepper and a little of the adobo sauce that it comes packed in. If you’ve never used chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, you can find them in small cans on the Mexican/Latin food aisle at your grocery store. They make a great addition to things like chili, tacos – and these sloppy joes. It’s a little can that packs a lot of flavor.
- ½ medium onion, diced
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 lb lean ground turkey or lean ground beef
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, diced
- 1 tsp adobo sauce from peppers
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
- Dash hot sauce (such as Tapatío)
- Salt and pepper
- 4 Buns, for serving
- In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Stir in onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add ground turkey, chili powder, and cumin. Cook until turkey is no longer pink.
- Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, Dijon mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and hot sauce to the pan. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on buns.