Fire Day Friday – Chorizo Joes

Football season has started up. That means a lot of tailgating parties with typical hot dogs and hamburgers. But you can shake things up, because you know that the grill is capable of much more than burgers and dogs.
Once the leaves start to turn, the winds begin to actually feel chilly, and weekends are about game day entertainment, try sloppy joes on the grill for something different. And these are much better than opening a can of that….that….Stuffwich stuff.

Sloppy Chorizo Joes
1 lb ground beef
1 lb Mexican Chorizo sausage
2 Anaheim peppers
1 sweet red bell pepper
1 small onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 oz can tomato paste
2 cups water
1/2 Tbsp cayenne pepper, ground (I used my home made chili pepper blend)
1/2 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp turbinado sugar
salt and pepper to taste
8 hamburger buns
Char the peppers over a hot grill, burner, or broiler a few minutes a side. Remove when charred and blistered, resting in a zip lock bag for 5 minutes.
Peel the charred skin, slice open and de-seed the peppers (see video). Dice.
Preheat a dutch oven over medium heat on the grill. Brown the ground beef and chorizo, then remove and drain.
Add the onions to the dutch oven with 1 Tbsp of the reserved meat drippings and saute for 5-7 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook 1-2 minutes longer.
Return the meat mixture to the dutch oven. Add the roasted chili peppers. Mix the water, tomato paste, pepper, cumin, and sugar together and then add to the dutch oven. Once this comes to a simmer, cover and kill the grill heat (shut the vents or gas).
After 5 minutes, stir, season with salt and pepper to taste and remove to rest (covered) for another 5 minutes.
Serve with plain white hamburger buns.


I love how you spiced things up with the chorizo and the peppers! Eating one of these sandwiches would help make a football game tolerable.


Love the video, Chris! Those look so delicious, I’m hoping I can attempt something near this on my stovetop. Are those cicadas in the background? I haven’t heard that buzzy noise since leaving Texas – made me a little nostalgic!