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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


smoky chipotle joes

smoky chipotle joes

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  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 whole onions, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup adobo sauce, from a can of chipotle peppers
  • 1 16 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons worcestershire sauce, preferably the thick version
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly baked buns, jalapeno slices and sliced cheese, for topping


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove bacon and set aside. Reduce heat to medium.
  2. Add onions and bell pepper to bacon grease in skillet (add a bit of olive oil if there is not enough bacon grease). Cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook one minute more. Add ground turkey and cook until turkey is browned and cooked through.
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar over turkey mixture; mix thoroughly. Add all remaining ingredients and stir well.
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes over low heat.
  5. Lightly butter hamburger or slider buns and broil until lightly toasted. Top bottoms with sloppy joe mixture, top with cheese and place under broiler for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted. Add jalapenos, if desired. Enjoy!


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Sunday 7th of February 2016

What do you do with the bacon once removed??????

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 8th of February 2016

Hi Janna, you can either crumble it and stir it in, top them with it or save it for another use. The bacon fat that's rendered is what helps flavor the joes. Sorry if that wasn't clear!

Kiran @

Thursday 15th of November 2012

I hope you are doing well with the family. Sandy was definitely brutal.

the wicked noodle

Monday 19th of November 2012

Thanks, Kiran!


Friday 9th of November 2012

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

the wicked noodle

Saturday 10th of November 2012

Stale chips and a green banana?!! I don't believe it - with all the yumminess you're always creating? Maybe it's all just too good so you'd already eaten it :-)


Wednesday 7th of November 2012

RT @karinachronicle: I'd like to send one of these @thewickednoodle #treats to every #sandy survivor. Now thats #COMFORT FOOD!! #hurricane


Wednesday 7th of November 2012

RT @karinachronicle: I'd like to send one of these @thewickednoodle #treats to every #sandy survivor. Now thats #COMFORT FOOD!! #hurricane