These aren’t the usual sloppy joes… made with beef, spicy chorizo, jalapeno and beer, they’re an adult version of everyone’s favorite childhood sandwich!
Once you try these sloppy joes, you’ll never want that canned stuff again! A few twists elevate this sandwich from regular to gourmet!
Who here uses the canned sloppy joe concoction? No judgements… this is a judgement-free zone 🙂 I’ve honestly never had it before! So I can’t definitively say that homemade is better… but c’mon, most of the time, homemade blows pre-mixed out of the water!
I love sloppy joes, of all kinds, so I’ve been on a mission for a while now to find one that would appeal to everyone’s tastes. My kids, for some strange reason, turn their noses up at all things “joe-like”, so that leaves my husband’s tastes, and my own. He doesn’t like things sweet, at all, and traditional sloppy joes are too sweet for him. Well I finally found a recipe that works! It involves some spice, and some beer… right up my husband’s alley 😉
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a spiciness wimp… and to some degree I still am… but I think I’m building up my tolerance! Woohoo!! I find myself craving spicy foods now, where before I would shy away from them. So even to my semi-newbie palate, these aren’t all that spicy. There’s a hint of it, and the more you eat, the more that hint builds up… but it’s not light your mouth on fire hot, I promise you.
Granted, I garnished these with fresh jalapeno slices, which does make things spicy, but you could totally leave those off. Feel free to serve these sloppy joes up on your favorite buns as well, I just chose the pretzel buns because I had them on hand 🙂 Plus, I’m pretty sure I have a complete obsession with pretzel buns… I mean look here and here for proof!
I also like to get crazy and make some loaded sloppy Joe fries! I took some crispy fries, added cheese on top and broiled them until the cheese was melted. Then I smothered them with a few big spoonfuls of sloppy Joe mixture and topped that with some cilantro and jalapeno. OMG you guys… it’s like heaven!! Try it this way, I know you’ll love it!
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your usual dinner routine, these sloppy joes are a great way to do it!
Beef Chorizo and Beer Sloppy Joes
- 3/4 lb ground beef
- 3/4 lb ground chorizo
- 1/2 large white or yellow onion diced
- 1 jalalpeno seeded and diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 3/4 cup beer I used Guinness Blonde
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Couple dashes of hot sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 Tbsp butter
- Olive oil
- Pretzel buns toasted, or your favorite buns
To a dutch oven or stockpot, add butter and a drizzle of olive oil and heat over MED-HIGH heat. Add beef and chorizo and brown, crumbling with a wooden spoon or potato masher.
Drain meat mixture.
Return meat to pot and add onion and jalapeno. Reduce heat to MED and saute for 2 minutes, until onion and jalapeno soften. Add garlic and saute another minute.
Pour in beer and use wooden spoon to scrape bottom of the pan to deglaze. Let beer cook 30 seconds or so.
Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, mustard powder, red pepper, hot sauce and salt and pepper. Stir to combine well and bring to a bubble.
Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Add additional beer or water if mixture looks like it's reducing too quickly.
Serve over toasted buns or crispy french fries.
Recipe Notes1. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce if desired.
2. Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman