Chorizo Sloppy Joes

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Dinner, Main Course, Lunch American
By Adapted from Sam Sifton Serves: Makes 4 Sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 35 Minutes Total Time: ~45 Minutes

A new take on a classic sandwich, using Mexican Chorizo for the Chorizo Sloppy Joes mixture, with sharp provolone, greens, olives and peppers.


  • 1-2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1.5 lbs. Mexican Chorizo
  • 2 tsp. Whole Cumin Seeds
  • 1 large Green Bell Pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium-size Red Onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup Canned Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. Hot Pepper Sauce, a thicker variety, like Cholula, Frank’s or Valentina Sauce
  • 4 Sesame-seed Hero Rolls, or Hoagie Rolls
  • 8 thin slices Sharp Provolone
  • 4 handfuls Baby Kale, Spinach or Arugula
  • 1/2 cup sliced Pickled Banana Peppers
  • 1/2 cup pitted and chopped Green Olives, like Castelvetrano
  • 1 tbsp. Celery Seeds, divided amongst the sandwiches



In a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat cook the chorizo, breaking it up as it cooks.


When the chorizo is cooked though, sprinkle in the cumin seeds and stir to combine. Then add the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Stir to combine and let the veggies cook until they soften, about 5-7 minutes.


When the veggies have softened, add the canned crushed tomatoes, the 1-2 tablespoons of hot sauce and the 1/2 cup of water. Stir to fully combine. Bring the mixture up to a simmer and then reduce the heat to simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally. The mixture is ready when it's thickened and all the liquid has been reduced.


Toast the hoagie rolls. I like to place them on a sheet tray under the broiler for 2 minutes. They get a really nice, even toasting. Just be sure to watch them the whole time!


Top the bottom sides of the hoagies with the sliced provolone cheese. Then pile on the Chorizo Sloppy Joes mixture. Top with arugula or other greens. Then top with olives and banana peppers, and finally sprinkle a good amount of the celery seed.


Top the Chorizo Sloppy Joes with the top of the hoagie roll and that's it. Slice in half and grab a napkin!


If you only make 2 sandwiches, like I did, the leftover sloppy joe mixture saves well, covered in the fridge. Use it in breakfast burritos, tacos, on a pizza or over pasta for a change up to the leftovers.