Spicy Firehouse Sloppy Joes

The Monday after the Super Bowl, Kiddo was surprised to learn that I planned to actually cook a dinner. He though there was so much Super Bowl Munchies in the refrigerator, we would not be cooking for at least a week. Really?

All the Barbecued Ribs were gone, as well as the Tequila Lime Wings. My big pot of Boston Baked Beans and the little Cocktail Smokes in barbecue sauce were history as well. Only a few deviled eggs were left, along with three hamburger sliders. There was still some Taco Bean Dip left, and some of the Turkey and Roast Beef Spirals. Maybe a half a dozen mini tacos and a few Taquitos. What was left was great for a lunch or two, but hardly enough for a meal.

When I mentioned Kiddo’s surprise to Hubby, he offered to let the cooking slide, since I had “outdone” myself for Super Bowl. Really? He would rather heat up left overs than to have me make my Spicy Firehouse Sloppy Joes and a big pan of tater tots? As soon as Hubby found out what was on the schedule, he said no way were we canceling Sloppy Joes. My guys went for seconds. Can’t say as I blame them. I’m not a fan of Sloppy Joes, at least the ones made with a canned mix. But these Firehouse Joes are awesomely delicious!

Spicy Firehouse Sloppy Joes
1/4 Onion, White Diced
1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
1 Orange Bell Pepper, diced
2 lbs Ground Chuck
4 oz Hatch Green Chilies
8 oz Tomato Sauce with Jalapeno Peppers
1/2 cup Ketchup
1 tablespoons Cider Vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons Barbecue Sauce, any kind
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste

Chop onions, red and yellow peppers. Set aside until ready to use.

Crumble and brown the ground beef in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Drain any fat that may have accumulated.

Add chopped vegetables and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes.

Add chilies, tomato sauce, ketchup, vinegar and Worcestershire Sauce. Bring to a low boil. Add barbecue sauce. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until thick.

Taste and adjust seasoning with a little salt and pepper.

For Serving
8 Sesame Seed Hamburger Buns
8 Slices American Cheese, optional

Serve on hamburger buns. If desired, top with sliced American Cheese and enjoy.

Note: If desired, buns can be brushed with a little butter and lightly grilled for an added layer of flavor and texture.

Author: Rosemarie's Kitchen

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and avid home cook.I believe in eating healthy whenever possible, while still managing to indulge in life's pleasures.