Chipotle Stout Sloppy Joe’s Sliders


I spent a few days up in Napa last month. While I was hanging out at Bear Republic those guys were nice enough to show me around and even let me jump behind the bar. While I was behind the bar, most likely annoyingly in his way, the bar manager asked me what my favorite style of beer was. To be honest, I didn’t have an answer. I wanted to try his special release stuff, those beer that never make it into bottles. And the Peter Brown Tribute that I had heard about but hadn’t been able to taste yet, but I still am not sure if I could pick one all-time favorite.

It depends on what I’m eating.

I do tend to favor lower alcohol beers, because I live in LA and we like to drive here.

I like a dry hopped IPA.

Or a circusy White.

And I will always stand in line for a spicy beer.

But, if I had to choose only one style of beer to cook with, that would be easy. Stouts are by far my favorite beer to cook with. They work well with beef and fabulously with chocolate. Spicy stouts are always intriguing, and although the go-to recipes for those seems to be a meat product, I  also want to figure out a really great chili chocolate cake recipe made with a spiced stout.

Lucky for us, more and more breweries are making beer with spices so check out your local beer store and ask around. Here are some of my favorites:

Stone Smoked Porter W/ Chipotle Peppers

Mikkeller Texas Ranger 

Bootlegger Black Phoneix Chipotle Coffee Stout

I really encourage you to find a great beer for a brewery close to home. Stop in some day and see what they suggest. Maybe there is even a brewery close to you that won at last weeks Great American Beer Festival. Take look, make  some notes on what you want to try, but don’t forget to drink what you love, because you love it, regardless of how many or how few prizes it has under it’s belt.




Chipotle Stout Sloppy Joe’s Sliders


  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1 lb 80%/20% premium ground beef
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic,
  • 1 1/4 cup Chipotle Stout or Porter
  • 1 small chipotle pepper (from can in adobo sauce)
  • 1 tsp adobo sauce from can
  • 4 oz tomato paste
  • 1 tbs mollasas
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 14-16 slider buns, warmed


  1. In a pan over medium high heat, add the oil and ground beef, cook until browned, stirring and breaking up meat. Using a slotted spoon, remove meat from pan.
  2. In pan with residual oils, cook the onions until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir.
  3. Add the beer, stir to combine.
  4. Remove a small chipotle pepper from the can. Using a sharp knife and fork, chop very well until nearly reduced to a paste like substance. Add chipotle to the pan along with tomato paste, adobo sauce, molasses, cumin, paprika, salt, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Allow to cook until well combined and slightly thickened.
  5. Add meat to the sauce pan, stir until well combined.
  6. Fill slider buns with meat, serve warm.




31 thoughts on “Chipotle Stout Sloppy Joe’s Sliders

  1. Not as many Northern California beers in there as I hoped there’d be! I go to the Napa area pretty often for wine tasting, but I haven’t been to Bear Republic…Racer 5 is one of my favorite IPAs!

    I think you’ve used a Chipotle Porter before and I remember reeeeally wanting to try it. These sliders sound like such a perfect use for it!

  2. What a list of beer there! I would have a hard time saying what my favorite is. I really think it depends mostly on the season! Love these sliders, I’m craving sloppy joes right now like it’s my job.

  3. we’re lucky that Nashville has some great local + nearby breweries that make some awesome beers. by the way, those sloppy joe’s look absolutely wonderful, but i must confess, i’ve never tried a sloppy joe in my life! I’m pretty sure that makes me un-American, so I must change that soon!

    1. I haven’t been to Nashville, but it’s on my list of USA places to visit. I have 5 friends who moved there and LOVE it. Have to plan a visit soon.

  4. Dry and hoppy ain’t my favorites but I love circusy 🙂 I like golden wheats and I love sour beers!! Oh and I’ve never had a sloppy Joe… interesting fact, a sloppy joe back home in Scotland is another word for a sweater!

  5. I have been browsing online for sloppy joes and I’m so glad to have found a recipe using beer! Stout is my favorite.

  6. I was at the World Beer Festival in Durham, NC a few weekends ago and one of the local breweries had a great jalapeno beer. It wasn’t a stout, but more of a pale ale. I thought the kick of capsciasin was quite delicious. I’m thinking I would enjoy a chipotle stout as well.

    And how perfect are they for a sloppy joe. Great idea!

    1. I love everything about that! I love jalapeno beers. Ballast Point has a Habanero Sculpin that I’m obsessed with.

  7. HI!
    I am so happy to have found your blog. My husband is crazy about beer and he would really love the dishes that are made with beer. We jave lots of good beer here in Germany, so I am definitely going to try out some recipes from your blog. I already have beef for goulash, I might make beer braised beef tomorrow.

    1. You have some great beer in Germany! I was in Idar Oberstein a few years ago, great little town, I love it. I really want to go back for the festivals in Munich someday.

  8. Chipotle beer?!? That’s amazing! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it. Unfortunately for me, the hubs and I moved back to his hometown in BFE NC so I’m preeeeety sure the only alcohol making around here is known as a moonshine distillery! When I go back home to Charleston though, I’ll definitely hit up the brew houses and see if they’ve got anything of the like.

  9. I picked up a large bottle of Rogue Chipotle Ale to try and one of Stone Smoked Porter (realized when I got home it didnt say with Chipotle Pepper) to cook dish with. Dont know if I can make it back to the store to get another Chipotle Stout/Porter in time. Do you think there is a big difference in taste with the smoked porter or should I try using the rogue ale?

      1. Awesome. Decided to go with the Rogue Chipotle Ale. Made it for dinner tonight and It was smokey & delicious. Everyone loved it! Great meal and beer combo to start the weekend right. Thanks again 🙂

  10. Jackie, I just tried these today and they were PHENOMENAL! Used Rogue Chipotle Ale Beer – and this recipe is spot on! Exactly what I’d want in a Sloppy Joe. Sssssooooo goood!

  11. Since I hate sloppy joes but love beer (especially Rogue’s Chipotle ale) I decided this recipe was worth a shot. It was so damn good that I packed up a doggy bag and immediately took it to my parents. I demanded to know why I didn’t grow up on THIS version of sloppy joes. No answer. Their mouths were full. HAHA!

  12. You have come to my rescue yet again! After a party, we were left with an opened but undrunken bottle of Smaug Stout. I tasted it. Not to my liking. It has chiles, it’s dark and bitter. But here is this recipe! I’m so excited to try it out. You have become my beer cooking guru, and your beer marinated chicken thighs have probably saved my marriage. 😉

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