Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese

Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese FTW! Sautéed sausage and peppers are stuffed into the cheesiest, meltiest grilled cheese ever!

Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese

Occasionally Pauliandro the Pilot (let’s hope he’s not reading this one) will have a late flight and get a little mid day crew rest to spend with the chickpea and I. It’s the best! Since night flights always mean that he’ll be flying his big, nasty helicopter instead of eating dinner, I typically overcompensate by whipping up something uber indulgent for lunch.

Today was a prime example of this. He wanted sausage and peppers. I wanted a swimming pool filled with melted cheese. We compromised:

Hellooo most glorious grilled cheese of my life!

Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese

Seriously, is that not the best compromise ever? I can’t handle the amazingness that is this sandwich. I want to marry it.

Yes, MARRY it.

Anywho! So you know how I love to refer to many of my recipes as a “clean out your crisper drawer” sort of ordeal? Well the day you’ve been waiting for has come: let’s clean out the cheese drawer! Just grab it all and meet me in the kitchen!

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Chipotle Grilled Cheese
5 from 2 votes

Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese

Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese: tasty sausage and peppers packed into the cheesiest, meltiest grilled cheese ever! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chipotle Grilled Cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
Calories 739 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 1 hot Italian sausage
  • 1/4-1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4-1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4-1/2 small white or yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 2-4 ounces gouda cheese (grated)
  • 2-4 ounces chipotle cheddar cheese (grated)
  • a few slices of your favorite melty deli cheese (American, Muenster, or Gruyere)
  • 4 slices rye bread
  • 1-2 TBSP butter
  • parsley to taste


  1. First grab your sausage. Once you stop snickering, cook it via your favorite method. Slice thin.

  2. Grate your cheeses and season with a few sprinkles of parsley, if desired.
  3. Next heat a pan with half the butter on medium-high heat, add your bread and a small pile of grated cheese and top with a slice of deli cheese. Since melted cheese does a stand-up job of holding together a sandwich, I add cheese to the bread, then pile on the sausage, peppers and onion, then top it with even more grated and sliced cheese. Just pack it all in. You'll thank me later when you're face-first in ooey gooey amazingness.
  4. Use a spatula to flip the grilled cheese, adding the rest of the butter to the pan to coat the virgin bread. I've also seen friends simply heavily butter both slices of bread before proceeding and it works just as well. Whatever your method of choice, just go with it!

Recipe Notes

No chipotle cheddar? No problem! Mix a little of the adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chiles into your cheese. Start with a little and add extra to taste for a smokey kick to your grilled cheese sammie!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 739 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 26g163%
Cholesterol 139mg46%
Sodium 1501mg65%
Potassium 431mg12%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1799IU36%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 671mg67%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This easy cheesy recipe makes 2 large sandwiches or 4 halves.

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Chipotle Grilled Cheese

Serve with soup, salad, or straight up! I had a little extra peppers and onion left over that I saved for a veggie-filled omelet the next morning. Feel free to follow suit!

special diets and swaps

  • brontosaurus chefs: Skip the sausage; add mushrooms. YUM!
  • vegansaurus chefs: I’ve got your back! Make [this] easy peasy vegan grilled cheeze instead!

so . . . how was it?!

Whenever bloggers say this I totally cringe but… this was seriously the best grilled cheese of my life!!! Hands down, no contest: the best!

I have this habit, when I’m really digging what I’m eating, of eating super-fast so I can steal some of Paul’s. He unfortunately is hyper-aware of this habit and BOOKED IT after his first bite. I think I heard him muttering “my precious” as he sat on the floor in the corner of the living room with his sandwich. Issues? We have a life-time subscription! Make the sandwich.

Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese FTW! Sautéed sausage and peppers are stuffed into the cheesiest, meltiest grilled cheese ever! #grilledcheese #chipotle #comfortfood

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  • 5 stars
    Ummmmmm Super Yummmmm! Can’t wait to make this!

    • Jenn

      I cannot wait for you to try it Tracy! Thanks!

  • I’ve been thinking about this sandwich for the last week and a half, so today I bought the ingredients and we’re having it for dinner tonight. 😛 It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing it!!

    • Jenn

      Aw yay!!!! It makes regular appearances in my dreams 😉 I hope it rocks your socks Chelsey! Thanks! <3

  • Sometimes a certain food really IS the best thing you’ve ever eaten (or so it feels at that exact moment in time) – and I don’t doubt your claim. This looks AMAZING! My poor empty stomach is rumbling up a storm as I look at the gloriously cheesy photos…

  • Dear Jenn, what a mouth watering sandwich! I love a good grilled cheese – this is just perfection. Pinning. xo, Catherine

  • Gawwwwddddd. I just ate a grilled cheese sandwich and I wish it was this one. I mean, it was good but it wasn’t this one that’s loaded with sausage, peppers and CHIPOTLE CHEESE!

  • Jenn, these sandwiches look absolutely out of this world. Can NOT wait to give them a try!

  • What a yummy combo! I can’t wait to try this.

  • ooohhh. I think we will have the same squirreling away problem when I make these. Especially with the two-year-old . . .

  • I think clean out the cheese drawer officially beats clean out the crisper… though it’s hard to argue with a pools worth of melty cheesy goodness!

  • Thanks Candace!

  • Cheese trifecta. It’s a thing.

  • I would probably just cover it in cheese and eat it.

  • If I really had a crown, I’d pass it over to you now.

  • lindaisaacs

    LOL! I love your commentary at the very beginning! This WILL be dinner tonight. Thanks!

  • Ohmygosh how did I miss this comment! So sorry for my craziness! Can we blame the pregnancy brain I had at the time? I am so so so glad you liked the recipe! Feel free to link to the recipe on your blog! Thanks Riccardino!

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld

    You tempted me on instagram and you tempted me on here.

    I now know why we were destined to be friends. All my recipes involving cheese need at least THREE varieties- but putting 3 together in a sandwich has yet to happen…until now.

  • Absolutely! You could also soak chipotle peppers in the oil too! Since the powder tends to be gritty, I would make this in advance and let it sit for a few hours or even overnight and the test again for potency/flavor. Hope that helps! Xo

  • Jennifer Tucker

    I can’t wait to make this salad! Question….could you actually add chipotle powder to olive oil to make the chipotle olive oil? I’ve never seen this oil, but do have a Whole Foods near by!

  • Candace @ Cabot

    Oh. My. Goodness. You’d better believe I’m sharing this with our Cabot friends! It looks totally yummy.

    • Jenn

      Thanks Candace!!! You’re the best! <3

  • Ashley

    Grilled cheese is one of my go to’s for lunch. My husband typically yawns at them, but I think I’ll try this! He loves spicy sausages so I think it might be a winner!

  • DROOOL! yum this looks. so. good! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  • Maria

    5 stars
    Now I need a grilled cheese…

    • Jenn

      Yes. Yes you do.

  • Kaitlin

    OH MY GOODNESS. I will be making a trip to the store tomorrow to whip up these babies in no time. Boy do I love cheese and grilled cheese 🙂

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