Friday, August 20, 2010

Fire Day Friday: Grilled Sloppy Joes

I made sloppy joes on the grill for my Fire Day Friday post over at Our Krazy Kitchen this week. Hop over there for the recipe and a dorky video. You know you are just dying to know how I kept the sloppy joe mix from falling through the grill grates.
It's not just a sloppy joe, it has chorizo, fire roasted peppers, and homemade chili pepper.

Update: Here's the recipe for future reference.
Sloppy Chorizo Joes
1 lb ground beef
1 lb Mexican Chorizo sausage
2 Anaheim peppers
1 sweet red bell pepper
1 small onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 oz can tomato paste
2 cups water
1/2 Tbsp cayenne pepper, ground (I used my home made chili pepper blend)
1/2 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp turbinado sugar
salt and pepper to taste
8 hamburger buns

Char the peppers over a hot grill, burner, or broiler a few minutes a side. Remove when charred and blistered, resting in a zip lock bag for 5 minutes.

Peel the charred skin, slice open and de-seed the peppers (see video). Dice.

Preheat a dutch oven over medium heat on the grill. Brown the ground beef and chorizo, then remove and drain.

Add the onions to the dutch oven with 1 Tbsp of the reserved meat drippings and saute for 5-7 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook 1-2 minutes longer.

Return the meat mixture to the dutch oven. Add the roasted chili peppers. Mix the water, tomato paste, pepper, cumin, and sugar together and then add to the dutch oven. Once this comes to a simmer, cover and kill the grill heat (shut the vents or gas).

After 5 minutes, stir, season with salt and pepper to taste and remove to rest (covered) for another 5 minutes.

Serve with plain white hamburger buns.


  1. I haven't had a Sloppy Joe is at least 26 yrs - my married time to Bev who doesn't like them, but I've been thinking of making some just for me. Yours look and sound great, especiallly with the southwestern flair - I have to make these soon.

  2. Great video, Chris! I agree with you- this is not your average sloppy joe. The addition of the chorizo and the roasted peppers must be amazing! I don't own a Big Green Egg (yet), but I will definately try this, and I know my family will love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Kim in MD

  3. Wonder if I could make a soy sloppy joe? I'm thinking no........

  4. This is a really kicked up version of a sloppy Joe Chris. Sounds delicious (and messy, just like it's supposed to be).

  5. Love sloppy joes....heading over.

  6. Are those cicadas in the background? Nice video and great recipe. I'll be trying that one for sure. Like the recipe card shot in the video.

  7. I love sloppy joe's! Using chorizo is a FANTASTIC idea.

  8. The woman who won "Next Food Network Star" has a show now and she made sloppy joes with Indian spices -- I about gagged.

  9. Wow - I really am way behind on commenting! I love sloppy joes and never thought of spiking them with chorizo. Heading over the to check out your post now.


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