Chili Sloppy Joes

This easy sloppy joe recipe is a bit different than your traditional sweet homemade sloppy joes! I’ve turned them into chili sloppy joes and they couldn’t be tastier! 

This easy sloppy joe recipe is a bit different than your traditional sweet homemade sloppy joes! I've turned them into chili sloppy joes and they couldn't be tastier! 

It’s entirely possible that I have a problem.

You see, I am straight up obsessed with chili. Not the hours long homemade version with 3 million different spices. I mean, that’s good. I like it, don’t get me wrong.

It’s just that most days around here are busy and I’m on the computer writing about food or in my studio photographing food all day long, so the last thing I want to do at night is turn around and cook another intricate dinner.

These easy sloppy joes have a fun twist - they're made with chili instead of traditional sloppy joe sauce!

I’m about to admit something: My favorite chili is the kind that comes from the little spice packet.

A pound of beef, a couple cans of tomato sauce, and a packet of seasoning. We don’t add beans or diced tomatoes or anything else. It’s just beef, seasoning, and sauce.

It literally takes 20 minutes to make and my whole family absolutely loves it. We usually serve it with a bunch of crackers or a grilled cheese sandwich, but I just so happened to be out of bread and out of crackers the last time a chili craving hit. All I had were hamburger buns.

Hi. I made homemade sloppy joes. But I chili-fied them.

We love homemade sloppy joes in our house, but this time around I made chili sloppy joes! So fun!

This is kinda like a chili dog, minus the dog, on a hamburger bun. But better. Seriously better.

My kids absolutely loved this twist on sloppy joes and talk about an easy homemade sloppy joe sauce.

This easy sloppy joe recipe is a fun twist on a childhood favorite!

I really like my chili with diced onions, lots of shredded cheddar, and a dollop of sour cream in it. Do you put sour cream in your chili?

It’s divine.

I didn’t add any sour cream to my sandwiches here, but I’m kind of regretting it. Obviously, I’m going to have make these again and try them with a smear of sour cream on the top bun. Like mayo on a burger. But better.

Instead of the usual sloppy joes, I made a chili version! My kids love these little sandwiches!

If you need an easy sloppy joe recipe that’s a bit different from the standard, I hope you’ll give this one a try.

But, if you also just want to stay true to the traditional sweet barbecue kid flavors of a sloppy joe, I’ve got you covered there too. Check out my sloppy joe stuffed peppers, sloppy joe cornbread casserole, and my sloppy joe casserole full of tater tots. As you can see, we like sloppy joes around these parts!

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll share it with your friends on Pinterest or Facebook! 🙂

Chili Sloppy Joes

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 25 mins
Serves 6     adjust servings



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 diced sweet onion, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 12 ounces tomato sauce
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar, for topping


  1. Add the ground beef to a large skillet and cook over medium heat, crumbling as it cooks. 
  2. Add half of the diced onion when the meat is nearly cooked through and continue cooking until meat is no longer pink and onions are soft.
  3. Drain grease from the skillet and add the chili seasoning and brown sugar. Stir to coat the meat.
  4. Stir in the tomato sauce. Continue cooking, stirring often, for 5 minutes.
  5. Spoon the meat onto the hamburger buns and top with the shredded cheese and remaining diced onions, as desired. 


Recipe Notes


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 397kcal Calories from fat 182
% Daily Value
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 699mg 29%
Carbohydrate 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 11g
Protein 21g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g