Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese

Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese: all the flavor of sausage and peppers packed into the cheesiest, meltiest grilled cheese ever! It’s the best! 

 Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese: all the flavor of sausage and peppers packed into the cheesiest, meltiest grilled cheese ever! It's the best!

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

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Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese




Yield 2


  • 3 hot Italian sausages
  • 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 coarsely grated gouda
  • 2-4 ounces coarsely grated chipotle cheddar [I used Cabot]
  • a few slices of your favorite melty deli cheese [American, Muenster, Gruyere etc...]
  • 4 slices of your favorite bread [rye for me!]
  • 1-2 TBSP butter
  • parsley, to taste


  1. First grab your sausage.
  2. Once you stop snickering, cook them any way you choose! I typically boil them for several minutes so they're cooked enough to slice, then saute the slices along with my peppers and onion. All the flavors mingle and some serious magic happens in that pan!
  3. Grate your cheeses and season with a few sprinkles of parsley, if desired.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Courses Entree, Sandwich, Lunch

Cuisine American

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

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: all the flavor of sausage and peppers packed into the cheesiest, meltiest grilled cheese ever! It's the best!

Sausage Pepper and Onion Chiptole Grilled Cheese

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Maria Ibbitson

Now I need a grilled cheese…


    Yes. Yes you do.


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 🙂


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


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!

Candace @ Cabot

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


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

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!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

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

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.

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

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!


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


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

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

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

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Cheese trifecta. It’s a thing.

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Thanks Candace!

Sarah Pie

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!


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


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

Melanie | Melanie Makes

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

Julie | This Gal Cooks

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!


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

Heather |

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…


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!!


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


Ummmmmm Super Yummmmm! Can’t wait to make this!


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