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The BEST Spicy Sloppy Joe Recipe (Easy & Quick)

The BEST Spicy Sloppy Joe Recipe (Easy & Quick)

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Discover the best Spicy Sloppy Joe recipe! Packed with bold, high quality flavors and the perfect level of heat, this recipe article will show you how to make the best Sloppy Joe sandwiches every single time.

What is a Sloppy Joe?

Sloppy Joes have been a staple of American comfort food for quite some time. Known for their rich, savory, and slightly sweet flavors – this recipe adds a spicy twist that elevates this classic dish to new heights, introducing a perfect kick that will keep you coming back for more.

Kid-Friendly Adjustments

Reducing Spice for Younger Palates

Reduce or omit the hot peppers and chili powder for a milder version that kids will enjoy.

Making Sloppy Joes Fun for Kids

Serve in smaller buns or slider rolls, and let kids add their favorite toppings.

FAQs about Spicy Sloppy Joes

Can I make my Sloppy Joes less spicy?

  • Yes! This recipe is still delicious even without the heat. Just reduce the amount of hot peppers and chili powder (or omit them entirely). You can also add more tomato sauce or a bit more sugar to balance the heat.

Can I use other meats besides ground beef?

  • Yes, ground turkey, chicken, or even plant-based meats work well as substitutes.

Can I freeze leftover Sloppy Joes?

  • Yes, freeze the mixture in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

What sides go well with Spicy Sloppy Joes?

  • Classic sides like coleslaw, potato chips, salads, and mac and cheese pair perfectly with Sloppy Joes!

What is the best bread for Spicy Sloppy Joes?

  • Soft, sturdy buns work best to absorb the sauce without falling apart. You can also toast your buns before serving so they don’t get too soggy!

Spicy Sloppy Joe Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 1.5 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup hot peppers, sliced
    • We used 2 habaneros, 2 large jalapeños, and 3 large red chili peppers (for less heat, replace the habaneros with less spicy peppers such as Serrano peppers)
  • 1/2 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 package of King’s Hawaiian Rolls (or your favorite brand)

Spicy Sloppy Joe Sauce Ingredients

  • 2.5 oz. tomato paste
  • 4 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Best Spicy Sloppy Joe Recipe Directions

  1. Prepare and cut hot peppers, onion, garlic; add large drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat
  2. Add sliced hot peppers to pan; cook for 4-6 minutes (until slightly blistered), remove from pan and set aside. Leave remaining oil in pan.
Habaneros, Chilis, and Jalapeños
Non-Stick Granite Frying Pan
  1. Add additional drizzle of olive oil to pan; add in chopped onions and cook until translucent; 5-7 minutes, stir occasionally
  2. Add ground beef to pan with onions; break up and stir frequently; cook for 8-10 minutes
Beef and onions
  1. Once beef and onions are cooked thoroughly and well mixed, return hot peppers to pan; reduce heat to low/simmer and begin making sauce
Cooking beef for Sloppy Joe
  1. In a large glass bowl, add ingredients and seasonings for Spicy Sloppy Joe Sauce; thoroughly mix until consistent
Spicy Sloppy Joe Sauce
  1. Carefully pour sauce into pan with meat, onions, and hot peppers; stir to combine; allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes
Spicy Sloppy Joe Sauce
Spicy Sloppy Joe meat
  1. Remove pan from heat and add large scoop to sandwich roll (optional: toast the rolls in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1-2 minutes). Enjoy!

The BEST Spicy Sloppy Joe Recipe

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Course: Main, Lunch, DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Total time

45

minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs. ground beef

  • 1/2 cup hot peppers, sliced

  • 1/2 large white onion, chopped

  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic, minced

  • Spicy Sloppy Joe Sauce
  • 2.5 oz. tomato paste

  • 4 tbsp hot sauce

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp cumin powder

  • 1 tsp cayenne powder

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • Sandwich Rolls
  • 1 pack King’s Hawaiian Rolls

Directions

  • Prepare and cut hot peppers, onion, garlic; add large drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat
  • Add sliced hot peppers to pan; cook for 4-6 minutes (until slightly blistered), remove from pan and set aside. Leave remaining oil in pan.Habaneros, Chilis, and Jalapeños
  • Add additional drizzle of olive oil to pan; add in chopped onions and cook until translucent; 5-7 minutes, stir occasionally
  • Add ground beef to pan with onions; break up and stir frequently; cook for 8-10 minutesBeef and onions
  • Once beef and onions are cooked thoroughly and well mixed, return hot peppers to pan; reduce heat to low/simmer and begin making sauceCooking beef for Sloppy Joe
  • Making the BEST Sauce for Spicy Sloppy Joes
  • In a large glass bowl, add ingredients and seasonings for Spicy Sloppy Joe Sauce; thoroughly mix until consistentSpicy Sloppy Joe Sauce
  • Carefully pour sauce into pan with meat, onions, and hot peppers; stir to combine; allow to simmer for 2-3 minutesSpicy Sloppy Joe SauceSpicy Sloppy Joe meat
  • Remove pan from heat and add large scoop to sandwich roll (optional: toast the rolls in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1-2 minutes). Enjoy!