smoky chipotle joes

hurrican sandy sloppy joes

She’s coming.  Hurricane Sandy is on her way and should arrive sometime tomorrow.

I hadn’t really thought too much about her since she easily could have stayed further out at sea and not made the hard left onto land. But this morning, as the weather alerts began popping up in both my emails and through texts, I realized that we’re in for an interesting few days.

I made a trip to the store to stock up on water and other necessities. Fall leaves blowing around the empty parking lot reminded me of tumbleweeds blowing through a western ghost town; where is everyone? Oh, right…they were smart and did this yesterday :-)

I also picked up the fixin’s to make these smoky chipotle sloppy joes. My parents, driving from Wisconsin to Virginia so that we can close on their new house tomorrow, will arrive sometime this afternoon, so I wanted to have something on the stove that could simmer until they arrived. It’s a long drive (and a harrowing one, apparently, since they’re driving with a trailer through some very heavy downpours) so comfort food upon arrival also qualifies as a necessity.

These are fantastic sloppy joes, if I do say so myself. Personally, I’d add a couple of whole, diced chipotle peppers to really spice them up, but since my girls and mom make up half of the group who will be eating them, I opted to keep them flavorful but without the heat. Besides, for those who wanted them, I added sliced, pickled jalapenos which added both heat and a nice texture, so it was a win-win. A little Havarti cheese and they became heavenly!

I hope to all who are in the path of Hurrican Sandy that you stay safe and dry!

chipotle sloppy joes


  1. says

    I haven’t made Sloppy Joes in ages. Love all the flavor you’re packing into these. I will never say no to bacon, and find it impossible to say no to anything with adobo sauce! Stay warm and dry in the hurricane.

  2. says

    Nothing like scary weather to remind me of how many dear friends I have who live on the east coast! All those storm jokes that were flying around last week are all but gone. It’s going to be a doozy. Eat sloppy joes and BE SAFE.

  3. Justin says

    I’m getting hit by the storm as well and honestly wanted to come up with a hurricane Sandy food related item such as your smokey chipotle joes. They look delicious! I discovered adobo sauce from Bobby Flay and boy am I glad that I did. Its simple and spruces up any dish.

  4. Susan Cooper says

    This look totally yummy. I am pinning this for later. BTW: I hope the storm is not as bad as they say… sigh!

  5. says

    Those look amazing! I sure hope you guys are safe and I’m glad you are stocked up on food and water. I can’t wait to talk more! You are so awesome!

  6. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says

    Awesommely tasty! I’d plop a fried egg on top but I’m really digging eggs right now. I need these right now for supper :(

  7. says

    Homemade buns, way to put Sloppy Joes over the top! I love ’em, too, mine are a tempeh version. I like Worcestershire sauce in mine, too, haven’t tried them with chipotles in adobo sauce but it’s a great idea! Looks like you’ve stayed online, hope that means the hurricane didn’t hit you too hard.

  8. says

    I wish I could figure out why I don’t receive emails for your posts…I feel as though I arrive an hour too late for the party. ;)

    I’m so happy to know that you survived Sandy! Sandy is such a sweet, innocent name…who knew? (Good thing they’ll never make it to the letter ‘V.’ Ever.) ;) Your smokey Joe’s look scrumptious! May I have several, please? All Ive had today are stale chips and a green banana. xo

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