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Chipotle Chili Sloppy Joes

Chipotle Chili amplifies the flavor of a lot of different dishes.

I like this sloppy joe variation because it has some heat and great flavor. I like to freeze the leftovers for a quick dinner on a night that I don’t have time to cook. I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Cookbook but it is also available online

Stove Top

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $22.21 as of September 2022.

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

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

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. Sauté the meat mixture over medium heat breaking the beef into small crumbles. Drain if needed. 
  2. Add the sauce mixture to the beef then turn the heat to medium low for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Serve the beef mixture on top of the buns with pickles. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Menu 3 – Family of 4

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