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Spicy Sloppy Joes

Ale adds a subtle richness to this updated version of the classic chili hash. Mound the Sloppy Joe filling on soft sandwich rolls (try our Wheat Beer and Potato Rolls) and top with sliced avocados and shredded lettuce. This recipe easily doubles for a party.



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3 Tbs. canola oil
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4 large cloves garlic, minced
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1 large green bell pepper, chopped
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1 ½ lb. soy crumbles
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3 Tbs. chili powder
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1 to 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
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1 ¼ cups pale ale or brown ale, room temperature
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¾ cup low-sodium bottled chili sauce
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2 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
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1 cup finely chopped green onions


1. Warm oil in large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and green pepper, and sauté, stirring frequently, 5 minutes.

2. Stir in soy crumbles and chili powder. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant.

3. Add jalapeños, ale, chili sauce, and soy sauce; mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring often, about 15 minutes, until thickened.

4. Mix in green onions; season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.


Nutrition Information: 

24 g
Total Fat: 
17 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
32 g
0 mg
828 mg
9 g
11 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

This is a delicious recipe, but tastes just like chili rather than the sweet and sour taste you would expect from something titled "Sloppy Joes". So, I added some (about 2 T or to taste) apple cider vinegar and some (about 2 T or to taste) brown sugar and got the taste I was looking for.

This was WAY too spicy, and I didn't even use half of the called-for amount of chili sauce.

I cannot say even begin to describe how yummy this turned out. I used Heinz brand chili sauce and only one jalapeno. I'm not old enough to purchase alcohol so I substituted about a cup of canned diced tomatoes in their juice for the ale. Flavor came out exactly like sloppy joes but with a little kick of spicy. It tasted extra delicious on grilled Yves "the good dog." Great meal for the 4th of July.

I agree with the poster who said this is way too spicy and i only used 1 jalepenos. I had to tone it down with ranch and it literally gave me a stomach ache because of the spice. Beware! Otherwise, they were actually really good and flavorful. I will make them again, but will add less Spice next time.

Almost too hot to eat, next time I would cut it down to one jalapeno. But other than that- very tasty!

These were a hit, my 13 year old LOVED them. Followed recipe but used 1 jalapeno instead of 2. It was spicy but not overly for us, it was really good!

I did not find low sodium chili sauce and used regular. Unfortunately, did not use the low sodium soy sauce... This was so crazy salty that we threw out the batch after eating one. After looking at the soy crumbles which have 11-13% sodium, chili sauce had 33% sodium, soy sauce had 39% sodium....ugh... Found I should always look at sodium content on labels.

828 mg of sodium per serving! The daily value for a person on a low-sodium diet is around 1500 mg, people. Crazy salt content here.