Spicy Sloppy Joes with Smoked Gouda
An easy recipe for sloppy joe mix sandwiches made from scratch with spicy habanero and jalapeno peppers, topped with melted smoked gouda cheese, served over toasted sour dough. A great game day meal or any quick weeknight dinner.
It wasn’t very long ago that we made our Madness Style Homemade Sloppy Joes for the first time in practically FOREVER, and you know, I’ve been craving them ever since. The thing about Sloppy Joes is that they’re messy. I mean, the name says it all, right? SLOPPY. It’s all a particular mix of seasoned ground beef that is a combination of sweet and spicy, but mostly sweet. The resulting seasoned tomato sauce helps the ground meat sort of stick together, but it inevitably falls out of your bun or smears up around your chin and your cheeks as you chow down on one.
But hey! That is all part of the fun of them! It’s a texture thing. Sort of like taco meat on a bun, only with more American style seasonings. End of day? I’ll take that.
This version is similar to our Madness Style version, only this time we’re introducing some different elements to change it up a little. Not a LOT mind you, but enough to show you how versatile this recipe can be. Truly. As with any Sloppy Joes Mix, you can vary it up to your own personal taste preferences and flavors.
First things first, we’re opting for pure ground beef instead of a mixture of ground beef and chorizo. We’re leaning more traditional in this way and bringing spiciness in another way.
Second, habanero peppers, baby! I’ve only added a single habanero here, along with jalapeno pepper, though you can add more than one, or hey, how about a ghost pepper? YES! THAT would be extra spicy. Looking for a lower spice level? Just go with jalapeno peppers, or even a bell pepper for zero heat.
Third, CHEESE. Smoked Gouda cheese in particular. You’ll love the light smoky flavor and the awesome melty-ness of this cheese. And, it actually helps bind the seasoned meat so it isn’t QUITE so messy or sloppy. But don’t get your hopes up. It’s still a little bit sloppy. Other cheeses work great as well, as long as they’re melty.
Pop it all onto lightly toasted sour dough bread and set it into the oven to let the cheeses melt over the top. Like so…
It’s all sort of simple, really. HIGHLY satisfying in a comfort food sort of way. LOVING our comfort foods lately, with a bit of moderation, of course. Hey! YOLO. Enjoy it with Spicy Sloppy Joes with Smoked Gouda. It’s all good. You deserve it. I hope you like them!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 jalapenos peppers chopped
- 1 habanero pepper chopped (if desired)
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons cayenne powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup tomato sauce – I used a frozen mix of pureed tomatoes and peppers from our garden but regular tomato sauce is good, too!
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons favorite hot sauce + more for serving
- ½ cup shredded smoked gouda
- Toasted sour dough slices for serving
Heat a large pot to medium heat and add olive oil. Heat through. Add onion and peppers and cook about 6-7 minutes, or until softened.
Add garlic and cook another minute, stirring.
Add ground beef and cook about 8 minutes, stirring often, until the meat is cooked through.
Add brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, paprika, salt and pepper, tomato sauce, vinegar and hot sauce. Stir and simmer about 20 minutes to bring the flavors together and thicken nicely.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Spoon the spiced sloppy joe mixture over toasted sour dough bread slices. Top with smoked gouda cheese.
Bake in the oven about 5-7 minutes, or until the cheeses are nicely melted.
Top with extra hot sauce and sour dough slices. Serve them up!