Sloppy Chori-Joes (Chorizo Sloppy Joes) Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Spicy chorizo sautéed with avocado and poblano peppers makes for a flavor-packed, adult-friendly upgrade to standard sloppy joes while still maintaining the sweet and savory quality that makes the originals so darn delicious. Once you've got the chorizo on hand, this recipe comes together in under 30 minutes.

Recipe Details

Sloppy Chori-Joes (Chorizo Sloppy Joes) Recipe

Active 25 mins
Total 25 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 large yellow onion, finely diced (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 2 medium poblano peppers, finely diced (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 recipe Mexican chorizo

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 14 ounces can crushed tomatoes

  • Hot sauce, such as Frank's, to taste

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 soft hamburger buns, toasted

  • 1 avocado, NS as to Florida or California avocado

  • Sliced white onion, for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and peppers and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and well-browned, about 10 minutes. Add chorizo and cook, breaking it up with a potato masher or whisk. Continue cook until meat is cooked through, abut 5 minutes.

  2. Drain excess fat and return pan to heat. Add sugar and tomato sauce and cook, stirring, until reduced to a sauce-like texture. Stir in hot sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into toasted burger buns, top with avocado and onion, and serve.


Store-bought fresh Mexican chorizo can be used in place of the homemade. Remove from casings before using. Store-bought salsa verde can be used in place of homemade.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1021 Calories
73g Fat
55g Carbs
41g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1021
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 73g 93%
Saturated Fat 21g 107%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 2191mg 95%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 12g 42%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 61mg 305%
Calcium 163mg 13%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 1581mg 34%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)