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Sloppy Joe Bake

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This sloppy Joe bake is loaded with saucy beef, veggies, and cheese surrounded by crescent pastry and will surely become one of your favorite meals.
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  1. Sloppy Joe Bake Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Sloppy Joe Bake Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This sloppy Joe bake recreates the same flavors everyone loves in classic sloppy Joes in an easy and convenient casserole form. Seasoned beef and saucy veggies are topped with cheese and surrounded by flaky crescent roll pastry to give this dish a great flavor that the whole family will enjoy.

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Sloppy Joe Bake Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 small green pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough sheets
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHEESE: You can substitute cheddar cheese with your favorite shredded cheese, such as mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or Colby.

PEPPERS: If you have a different color of peppers on hand, they will work just as well. Yellow, orange, or red bell pepper will all add color to your dish.

MEAT: Ground pork, ground chicken or ground turkey would also be tasty in this easy recipe.

SPICE: If you want a little added kick to your casserole, you can add ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes to the spice mixture.

How to Make This Sloppy Joe Bake Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

STEP TWO: In a 12-inch large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef just until no longer pink. Drain any excess grease.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

PRO TIP: For an even quicker cooking time, ground beef can be cooked ahead of time. Brown ground beef in a large skillet and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.

STEP THREE: Add the diced onion, green pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the onion is translucent.

ground beef cooked in a skillet with vegetables and seasonings

STEP FOUR: Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce to the meat mixture. Stir to combine and allow to simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

sauce ingredients added to the ground beef mixture

STEP FIVE: Open the crescent roll cans and carefully spread out the dough. Pinch together the seams and gently roll the dough with a rolling pin until you have two sheets of dough approximately 9×13 inches in size.

crescent roll dough rolled out

STEP SIX: Place one of the dough sheets in the bottom of the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly and pushing it up the sides of the dish a little bit. Bake for 7 minutes until the dough begins to turn a light golden color.

PRO TIP:

You might be tempted to forgo pre-baking the bottom crescent dough, but don’t skip this step. If you do, the crescent dough on the bottom will not cook fully in the time it takes the top to bake.

dough baked in a baking dish

STEP SEVEN: Spoon the sloppy Joe mixture in an even layer in the baking dish on top of the baked crescent roll dough. Sprinkle cheese over top of the ground beef mixture.

baked dough topped with the beef mixture and shredded cheddar cheese

STEP EIGHT: Lay the second dough sheet on top of the cheese layer, stretching it to the edges of the baking dish.

PRO TIP:

Don’t worry about your crescent dough laying perfectly; it will bake up just fine even if it’s a bit uneven.

2nd layer of dough layered on top of the shredded cheese

STEP NINE: Brush the milk over the top of the crescent dough and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

STEP TEN: Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the dough is golden brown.

STEP ELEVEN: Slice into squares and serve.

How To Serve

This sloppy Joe casserole recipe will be a sure family favorite when you are looking for an easy comforting meal. Add a Caesar side salad or cucumber salad on the side for a complete meal along with the casserole.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This dish is best eaten fresh as the crescent dough tends to get soggy when it is stored. If you do have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend storing this dish in the freezer as the pastry will become soggy once thawed.

overhead shot of a baking dish of sloppy Joe bake

This easy twist on a childhood favorite will be a winner with the entire family. It’s hearty, filling and tastes delicious. Loaded with beef, tomato sauce, melted cheese and flaky pastry, it will certainly be a crowd pleaser on a chilly day.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use different meat in this recipe?

This sloppy Joe recipe would also be delicious using ground chicken, turkey, pork, or Italian sausage in place of the ground beef.

Can I freeze this casserole?

This easy ground beef casserole recipe is best made fresh as the pastry tends to get soggy if stored either in the fridge or freezer.

Can I make this sloppy Joe crescent roll bake in advance?

You could make the meat mixture in advance and store it in the fridge. Assemble the casserole and bake it when you are ready to serve it.

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This sloppy Joe bake is loaded with saucy beef, veggies, and cheese surrounded by crescent pastry and will surely become one of your favorite meals.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 small green pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 16 ounces refrigerated crescent roll dough sheets
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef just until no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.
  • Add the yellow onion, green pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine and allow mixture to simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Open the crescent roll cans and carefully spread out the dough. Pinch together the seams and gently roll the dough with a rolling pin until you have two sheets of dough approximately 9×13 inches in size.
  • Place one of the dough sheets in the bottom of the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly and pushing it up the sides of the dish a little bit. Bake for 7 minutes until the dough begins to turn a light golden color.
  • Spoon the sloppy Joe mixture into the baking dish on top of the baked crescent roll dough. Sprinkle it with shredded cheese.
  • Lay the second dough sheet on top of the cheese layer, stretching it to the edges of the baking dish.
  • Brush milk over the top of the crescent dough and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the dough is golden brown.
  • Slice into squares and serve.

Notes

  • For an even quicker cooking time, ground beef can be cooked ahead of time. Brown ground beef in a large skillet and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.
  • You might be tempted to forgo pre-baking the bottom crescent dough, but don’t skip this step. If you do, the crescent dough on the bottom will not cook fully in the time it takes the top to bake.
  • Don’t worry about your crescent dough laying perfectly; it will bake up just fine even if it’s a bit uneven.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1197mg | Calcium: 338mg | Vitamin C: 17mg | Vitamin A: 1053IU | Sugar: 9g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 1087mg | Cholesterol: 189mg | Calories: 637kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Fat: 23g | Protein: 52g | Carbohydrates: 54g | Iron: 8mg
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