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Texas Toast Sloppy Joes

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Everyone's favorite messy meal is now even better with the addition of plenty of melty cheese in this Texas toast sloppy Joes recipe.
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Table of Contents
  1. Texas Toast Sloppy Joes Ingredients
  2. Substitution And Additions
  3. How to Make This Texas Toast Sloppy Joes Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. Storage
  6. More Recipes You’ll Love
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This Texas toast sloppy Joes recipe is simply out of this world, with the toast making the perfect vehicle for the sloppy Joes, soaking up all the flavorful sauce and making every bite delicious. And the addition of gooey melted cheese to this classic family favorite might just be the most brilliant upgrade ever.

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Texas Toast Sloppy Joes Ingredients

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You’ll need:

For the Sloppy Joe Mixture 

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For Serving

  • 13.5-ounce box (8 slices) Five Cheese Texas Toast
  • 8-ounce block of mozzarella cheese, shredded (Sargento Creamery Mozzarella)

PRO TIP:

We recommend shredding your cheese from the block for this recipe. Pre-shredded cheese tends to have a preservative coating that prevents the cheese from melting well.

Substitution And Additions

TEXAS TOAST: I love the flavor that the Five Cheese Texas Toast gives to this recipe, but most of all, I love how the toasted cheese creates a barrier between the bread and the sloppy Joe mixture. It’s a great way to keep the bread from getting too soft or soggy. You can also use a standard butter & garlic Texas toast, which will still be delicious.

MOZZARELLA: I used the Sargento brand creamery mozzarella cheese for this Texas toast sloppy Joe recipe, as it melts beautifully in the oven. Monterey jack or Colby jack shredded cheese will also taste delicious in this recipe.

GROUND BEEF: I used standard ground beef for this recipe. You can use ground sirloin, lean or extra lean ground beef, ground turkey, or even ground chicken for this recipe as well. You will need to note that if you use a leaner choice of ground meat, you may need to add a tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet to brown your leaner ground meats.

How to Make This Texas Toast Sloppy Joes Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large-rimmed baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside.

STEP TWO: In a large skillet, brown ground beef over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until no pink remains.

ground beef cooked until no pink

STEP THREE: Using a slotted spoon, remove the browned ground beef and place it on a plate. Drain the excess fat from the skillet.

STEP FOUR: Add butter and finely chopped onions to the skillet. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until the onions are soft and translucent.

STEP FIVE: Stir in the tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, white vinegar, yellow mustard, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and reserved cooked ground beef to the skillet of sauteed onions.

tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire, vinegar, mustard, sugar, garlic, and onion powder, salt, pepper, and beef stirred in a skillet

STEP SIX: Bring the sauce mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes or until the sloppy Joe mixture has thickened. While your sauce simmers, you can prepare your Five Cheese Texas Toast.

STEP SEVEN: Place the 8 slices of frozen Texas Toast onto the prepared baking tray. Be sure that the shredded cheese side is facing up. Bake toast for 6 minutes.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your toast as the suggested baking time approaches.

STEP EIGHT: Remove the baking sheet from the oven and top each of the toast slices with the sloppy Joe mixture (a little less than ½ cup each).

STEP NINE: Top each slice of sloppy Joe Texas toast with ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Be sure to mound it in the center of the sloppy Joe mixture. As it melts, it will spread to cover the entire top of the Texas toast without running down the sides too much.

sloppy joe mixture topped on top of each texas toast

STEP TEN: Place the baking sheet of sloppy Joe Texas toast back into the oven for an additional 3 to 4 minutes to finish baking the toast and to melt the cheese.

PRO TIP:

Don’t wait to serve these. Sloppy Joes are best served as soon as they’re made. Adding filling to the bread and letting it sit for more than a few minutes can make your bread soggy. Instead, if you need to make this recipe ahead of time, keep your filling and bread separate until you’re ready to serve.

place Texas Toast Sloppy Joes back into the oven

How To Serve

Serve these open-faced sandwiches for an easy weeknight meal when things are hectic. Add a tasty Caesar salad or tomato cucumber salad for a little bit of greenery along with your hearty entree.

Our sloppy Joe pie and grilled cheese sloppy Joe are two more easy recipes that make use of this classic comfort food.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can make the sloppy Joe sauce up to 3 days ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator, in an airtight container until you are ready to serve this dish. You will need to warm your sloppy Joe mixture in a medium saucepan over medium heat before placing it onto your baked Five Cheese Texas toast. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze the sloppy Joe meat mixture for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using in this recipe.

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All the best of a classic saucy sloppy Joe but with a twist. Served on Texas toast between two layers of gooey melted cheese, you are going to love this new, great way to serve an old favorite.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this sloppy Joe Texas toast recipe into a vegetarian version?

If you have a ground meat alternative you like, you can replace the ground beef to create a vegetarian version.

Can I use different ground meat?

This Texas toast sloppy Joes sandwich can be made with ground beef, pork, chicken, or turkey.

Can I freeze this sloppy Joes on Texas toast recipe?

The sloppy Joe filling can be frozen for up to two months and then added to fresh bread when you are ready to serve it.

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Texas Toast Sloppy Joes

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Everyone's favorite messy meal is now even better with the addition of plenty of melty cheese in this Texas toast sloppy Joes recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Sloppy Joe Mixture

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 13.5 ounces Five Cheese Texas Toast, 8 slices
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (Sargento Creamery Mozzarella)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until no pink remains.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the browned ground beef and place it on a plate. Drain the excess fat from the skillet.
  • To the skillet, add the butter and finely chopped onions. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, white vinegar, yellow mustard, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and reserved cooked ground beef to the skillet of sauteed onions.
  • Bring the sauce mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes or until the sloppy Joe mixture has thickened. While your sauce simmers, you can prepare your Five Cheese Texas Toast.
  • Place the 8 slices of frozen Five Cheese Texas Toast onto the prepared baking tray. Be sure that the shredded cheese side is facing up. Bake for 6 minutes.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and top each of the slices of texas toast with the sloppy Joe mixture (a little less than a ½ cup each).
  • Top each slice of sloppy Joe Texas toast with ¼ cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese. Be sure to mound it in the center of the sloppy Joe mixture. As it melts, it will spread to cover the entire top of the texas toast without running down the sides too much.
  • Place the baking sheet of sloppy Joe Texas toast back into the oven for an additional 3 to 4 minutes to finish baking the toast and to melt the cheese.

Notes

  • We recommend shredding your cheese from the block for this recipe. Pre-shredded cheese tends to have a preservative coating that prevents the cheese from melting well.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your toast as the suggested baking time approaches.
  • Don’t wait to serve these. Sloppy Joes are best served as soon as they’re made. Adding filling to the bread and letting it sit for more than a few minutes can make your bread soggy. Instead, if you need to make this recipe ahead of time, keep your filling and bread separate until you’re ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 919kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 1919mg | Potassium: 719mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 968IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 342mg | Iron: 18mg
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