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Chipotle Chili Sloppy Joes

Chipotle Chili Sloppy Joes is a spicy and smokey. I like to serve this dish for a large crowd.

Chipotle Chili Sloppy Joe is the first sloppy joe recipe I have ever made from scratch and it made me wonder what took me so long. I think the spice level is just right however if you don’t like spice then I would omit the jalapeno pepper. I hope this sways you away from sloppy joe mix as well. 

This chipotle chili sloppy joe variation has some heat and great flavor. I like to freeze the leftover meat for a quick dinner on a night that I don’t have time to cook.

I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Healthy Cooking 2017 Annual Recipes Cookbook.

I chop up the entire can of chipotle chili in adobo sauce and freeze it in ice cube trays in 1 teaspoon increments. This saves me some waste and adds convenance when I want to add flavor to other dishes by tossing in a cube. Check out other food that can be frozen in a ice cube tray here

Cost Per Serving $3.70 as of September 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $22.21.

If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $15.03.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $2.51.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 6

Serving size: 1 sandwich

Equipment needed: 1 deep skillet and sheet pan

Total time: 25 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a stocked pantry you will save about $7.18.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $7.18 as of September 2022

  • brown sugar $1.70
  • butter $4.48
  • yellow mustard $1.00


Total: $15.03 as of September 2022

  • 1 pound ground beef $5.57
  • 1 medium onion $0.78
  • 1 green pepper $0.78
  • 1 jalapeno pepper $0.37
  • 1 bottle chili sauce $2.72
  • 1 can chipotle pepper in adobo sauce $1.38
  • 1 package hamburger buns $1.69
  • 1 jar pickle slices $1.74

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete prep from prep tab above.
  2. Sauté the meat mixture over medium heat breaking the beef into small crumbles. Drain if needed. 
  3. Add the sauce mixture to the beef then turn the heat to medium low for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. 
  4. Butter the inside of the hamburger buns and toast them under the broiler for 2 – 3 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. 
  5. Serve the beef mixture on top of the buns with pickles. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $100 – Menu 3

Let's cook!

Side Salad

Roasted Vegetables

Vegetables such as brussel sprouts, carrots, broccoli, green beans etc.

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