Sloppy Joe Casserole is an easy twist on traditional sloppy joes that’s flavorful and delicious! The cheesy crust compliments the beefy tomato filling so well and makes for a quick and hearty weeknight dinner that the whole family will love!
If It’s Not Sloppy, It is Still a Sloppy Joe?
Rainy days are such a good excuse to lay low at home and fill ourselves with warm comforting food! We started the week with this delicious Sloppy Joe Casserole recipe and we all love it! The cheesy crust compliments the beefy tomato filling so well and makes for a quick and hearty weeknight dinner that the whole family will love!
Watch Me Make Sloppy Joe Casserole
An Easy Twist on a Family Favorite
It’s an easy twist on traditional sloppy joes that is so full of flavor and delicious! Definitely one of our favorite casserole recipes! I’ve already added it to our family dinner favorites list and I know you’ll be doing the same as soon as you make it!
The boys get such a kick out of me saying Sloppy Joe Casserole! Not sure if it’s the way I’m saying it or just the name Sloppy Joe, but they crack up every time! And in between laughs, they gobbled it up! Yay!!!
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What Do I Need to Make Sloppy Joe Casserole?
- Lean ground beef
- White onion
- Green bell pepper
- Brown sugar
- Worcestershire sauce
- Dry mustard
- Garlic salt
- Tomato sauce
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Melted butter
- Shredded cheddar cheese
How to Make Sloppy Joe Casserole
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef. You can drain off the excess grease if you like.
- Add the diced onion and bell pepper and let sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard and garlic salt.
- Add the tomato sauce and ketchup and stir until well combined. Let mixture simmer over low heat while you prepare the topping.
- For the topping, add the flour, baking powder and salt to a large bowl. Stir in the milk, melted butter, and egg until well combined.
- Fold in the shredded cheese.
- Pour the meat mixture into a 13 by 9-inch baking dish or casserole dish (you can opt to spray the dish with cooking spray). Dollop the topping evenly over the meat mixture.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is light golden brown. Serve and enjoy!
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
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If you make this Sloppy Joe Casserole, be sure to snap a picture and share it with me or tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see. I love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the recipes I share. Enjoy!
Sloppy Joe Casserole
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 50 mins
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Main
It’s an easy twist on traditional sloppy joes that’s flavorful and delicious!
- 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 large white onion, diced
- 1 large green bell pepper, diced
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned. Add the diced onion and bell pepper and let sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard and garlic salt. Add the tomato sauce and ketchup and stir until well combined. Let mixture simmer over low heat while you prepare the topping.
- For the topping, add the flour, baking powder and salt to a large bowl. Stir in the milk, melted butter, and egg until well combined. Fold in the shredded cheese.
- Pour the meat mixture into a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Dollop the topping evenly over the meat mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is light golden brown.
my family would love this. i can also make a vegetarian version.
I was think the same thing. Vegetarian version using lentils. ????
Thinking I meant ????
Could this be made as a freezer meal? Would you freeze prior to baking?
Hi Allyson! I’ve never frozen it, so I can’t say for sure, but I think it would freeze just fine if you wrap it well in the freezer and let it defrost before baking. Let me know if you try it! Enjoy!
Yet another way to use ground beef that sounds wonderful. Can’t wait ’til I have the opportunity to
try it out!
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This recipe is so easy. The harest part for me was trying to spread the dough evenly. Another easy ground beef recipe to add to my collection…
For the breakfast casserole., I can’t use reg flour cause have celiac disease., so can I use domata flour g/f instead.
Hi Ada! I couldn’t say for sure how the casserole would turn out because I don’t bake regularly with gluten-free flour and haven’t tested it with this recipe. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
I use gluten free flour all the time. I am picky about my food lol. I have never had any problems with it. I use Krustz gluten free and love it. My husband has gluten problems. But he loves everything I make!
Hi Maegan, Do you think I could make this one day before baking it? It sounds great for our next family party!
Hi Sheree! Yes, just prepare it and let the meat mixture cool completely before covering tightly and storing in the refrigerator overnight. When you’re ready to bake it, place the casserole in the oven while it preheats and it should be ready in the same amount of baking time as the recipe calls for. Hope this helps. Enjoy!
This is a great recipe, my whole family loved it. We will be making this a lot. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
I’ve been making Sloppy Joes with no mix forever!, but never put a crust on top. We all LOVED this!! I can’t eat bell peppers so I substituted celery. Thank you !
Have you ever made the crust as a stand alone biscuit? Do you think it would work, because the crust is soooo good!
Hi Nikki! I haven’t, but that is such a great idea! Yum yum! If you try it, I would recommend rolling the dough out onto a well-floured surface as the dough is pretty wet so it would definitely need more flour to hold the biscuit shape. Let me know how they turn out if you try it. Enjoy!
In the south, my mama made ‘drop biscuits’ . Basically, wet dough dropped by the spoonful on greased pan and baked. They were delicious, though not perfectly round.
My family loved this casserole, so easy to make. It is a keeper in my recipes.
We used almond flour and unsweetened almond milk and organic eggs and it was really good, plus we put sour cream on top. Yum. I’m doing keto so the modification works.
what was your ratio on your almond flour?
Made this tonight & even my picky eater asked for seconds! I added a can of creamed corn to the cornbread topping. Both boys asked to add it to our dinner rotation list. Thanks for such a good idea.
Hi Bea! I’m so happy to hear! Love the creamed corn addition. Continue to enjoy! 🙂
Are you supposed to drain the ground beef after you brown it?
Hi Frank! I don’t because I use lean ground beef and there is very little fat to drain off once it cooks all the way through. If there is a lot of fat, you could certainly drain it off. Hope this helps. Enjoy!
I am in Australia and to us a Sloppy Joe is a loose fitting sweater.
BUT I made this for dinner tonight and it was great. I thought I’d used minced beef in every way possible but never covered it with what we would call a soft cheese scone dough. I cut it by a third for just the two of us but I’ll make the full recipe next time.
This is delicious but breading on top way too thick for meat mixture.cutting bread in half next time
My husband took one bite of this and went “Yum! This is great. Make it again soon!” He doesn’t do that often. I had to agree with him and this recipe is on a short list of regulars. I enjoy sloppy Joe’s and will be using the meat part of the recipe from now on. I’m going to scour the rest of your site to see what other goodies you have to offer.. Thanks for a winner!
PS…It’s just mu husband and me at home now but there wasn’t much left over at all. LOL
I made it yesterday but i used jiffy cornbrrad mix >tt was really good
Just made this tonight & will definitely be making again. SO good!
Delicious recipe. Perfect as written. I used cup4cup gluten free flour & it was tasty. I did add some herbs de provence to the crust. I’m now cooking a turkey, boiling the carcass for stock & making a pot pie with the same crust recipe.
Not sure what I did differently, but my topping/batter was way too liquid-y, not drop-able. I used 1 c flour, 1 c milk and 1 egg as the recipe is written (butter, cheese, and baking powder too). I double checked the recipe….but, I felt it was a cup of flour short (or a 1/2 c or more too much milk). Help!
Hi Kirsten! It should be thin enough to dollop evenly over the meat mixture to cover it completely without have to spread it. The measurements are correct. I hope it baked up great for you!
I had the same thing happen. I could have poured the mixture on top. It baked up fine but is not nearly as thick as in the picture!!