Chili Cheese Sloppy Joes

6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Chili Cheese Sloppy Joes that taste like your favorite bowl of chili meets a delicious and easy sloppy joe recipe in just 20 minutes. Plus it’s not spicy so it’s kid approved!

We’re loving this mashup of my favorite Slow Cooker Beef Chili and Ultimate Sloppy Joes so much we’ve all but replaced chili nights in our house! The kids are ALL over these sloppy joes (they skip the onions though).

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Another Monday, another sloppy joe! Today we’re making a version that tastes like your favorite bowl of chili sweetened up a bit like sloppy joes. Today we’re sticking with the classic Monday recipe but we’re actually introducing (and testing) a new idea for the site.

Podcast! I’m not sure where exactly how this will turn out but it should be fun! Most of them will be under 15 minutes. We’ll discuss the recipe and walk through the steps together so if you want to listen along while you’re in the kitchen hopefully I can be an assistant to you.

In fact if you do listen along (and I’m serious here) please let me know what I can do to make the podcasts more helpful to you. We’re in this together and I want to be sure I’m adding the most value to you guys.

You should be able to find the podcast above the recipe section. And if you love it I would be forever grateful if you would subscribe or even rate it on Itunes or Spotify or any other portal you enjoy it on. And if you listen to it here, please leave a comment below!

Pan of Chili Cheese Sloppy Joes


We love serving side dishes with these sloppy joes that you’d classically serve with your favorite burgers including Crispy Sweet Potato FriesBeer Battered Onion Rings and Loaded Garlic French Fries.

Tips for Chili Cheese Sloppy Joes:

  • Make sure you cook the beef with the onions and bell peppers long enough that the onions and bell peppers are softened.
  • You can skip the ketchup in the recipe if you add more tomato puree, an additional tablespoon of brown sugar and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
  • If you are sensitive to how this recipe is and you want it to taste more like chili than sloppy joes swap the ketchup for tomato puree and only use 1 tablespoon brown sugar.
  • Don’t let the sauce reduce until dry, stop the cooking when it still looks nice and saucy.
  • Sauce will continue to reduce even after you turn off the heat.
  • You can add chunks of cheddar cheese instead of the shredded variety if you’d like (like in this Bacon, Beer and Cheese Sloppy Joes).

Chili Cheese Sloppy Joes

If you would like to add more vegetables into the recipe I’d recommend:

  • red bell pepper, chopped finely
  • celery, chopped finely
  • zucchini, diced finely or shredded
  • carrots, diced finely or shredded

I’d love to know how it turns out for you so if you do make the recipe pretty please come back and leave a comment letting me know how you enjoyed them.

We put a ton of effort into recipe testing 40 Sloppy Joes for this weekly series and we’re about half way through them all! The reason we did (aside from the fact we LOVE them) is because you all have gone nuts for all the sloppy joes on the site!

Sloppy Joes meets beef chili

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Chili Cheese Sloppy Joes

Chili Cheese Sloppy Joes that taste like your favorite bowl of chili meets a delicious and easy sloppy joe recipe in just 20 minutes. Plus it's not spicy so it's kid approved!
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dish, Sandwich
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (85/15)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 white onion chopped and divided
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup  brown sugar
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet on medium high heat add the beef, salt, pepper, ¾ of the onions and green bell pepper, cooking well, breaking it apart but leaving some chunks for about 5-6 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, tomato puree, ketchup and beef broth, cooking until the sauce starts to evaporate and the mixture becomes "sloppy" (about 5-6 minutes).
  • Spoon the mixture onto the brioche buns and top with sour cream, remaining white onion and shredded cheddar cheese.


Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 923mg | Potassium: 947mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1790IU | Vitamin C: 27.5mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 4.9mg

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I was hesitant to try this recipe but was looking for something different from my chili style beef burgers. However, I was happily surprised. I did let them cook on very low for two and half hours. The flavor was a savory while a bit sweet. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. These are SO delicious and easy. My husband and I have had these for lunch 2 days in a row! I also took some to my parents and they loved them too. Thank you for such a tasty twist on Sloppy Joes.

  3. This is such a wondeful and tasty recipe. Pure comfort food which I love. So easy to make and be sure to read the whole thing because it gives tips if you don’t like ketchup. I added the ketchup because it’s necessary when it comes to sloppy joes! I had some leftover chili I wanted go finish eating but my kids get sick and tired of eating the same food twice in one week. So I just added the ketchup, brown sugar, cheddar cheese, and sour cream go recipe. So tasty and feeda a crowd. Will be adding this to the monthly rotation.

  4. I love all of your sloppy joe recipes – and so do my kids! This one is another star, so easy to make and so delicious !

  5. Love this twist on the classic sloppy Joe recipe! I also can’t wait to sink my teeth into the buttery bun, it looks so good.