Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Smokey but still sloppy! Different flavour than most Sloppy Joes and, in my humble opinion, this one gets "thumbs up"!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a skillet, heat the drippings or oil and sauté the onions and green pepper over medium heat until onions are translucent.
  2. Place the onions and peppers in the bottom of a crockpot.
  3. Add all the other ingredients EXCEPT the cocoa powder and browning/seasoning mix.
  4. Cook on low for about an hour.
  5. Stir the mixture and then sprinkle the cocoa powder on top.
  6. Mash the mixture with a potato masher.
  7. Stir again.
  8. Continue cooking on low for another 30 to 40 minutes.
  9. Taste, and add more liquid smoke and/or other spices to taste.
  10. Add the browning/seasoning mix and stir thoroughly.
  11. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
  12. Serve on hamburger rolls or biscuits.
Most Helpful

Really easy to make, and very tasty too! Thanks for sharing this one.

venezuelaev January 21, 2010

Very tasty! I had made a huge batch of sofrito, so I used that as the base, with a little added cilantro. I had no liquid smoke so I used a teaspoon of smoked paprika which did the trick. This is a recipe you can play with. Thanks Mille!

Ivy Food Sleuth July 31, 2009

This is fantastic! One of my favorites on the website so far. I added a little cumin, liquid smoke, and Worcestershire sauce and left off the adobo since I didn't have any. We ate them as sloppy joes, but would be great served on rice. I also used turkey instead of beef. Thanks Mille for posting!

Grammy Charlotte September 08, 2007