Sloppy Joe French Bread Pizza

I was addicted to Sloppy Joes as a kid. And I’m still addicted as an ‘adult’. I don’t walk by the Sloppy Joe mixes at the grocery store and think, “kids stuff”. No, I think to myself, “self, that sounds fantastic.”. Making Sloppy Joes at home is about as easy as it can get, and this recipe here for using it to make French bread pizza takes that old classic and makes it truly fantastic. I could eat a scary amount of this pizza.

As a kid I’d go the playground after mom would make me Sloppy Joes for lunch. As an adult I… uh… well, I don’t do that. I might work out in the yard later but right now I’m going to sit back and recall my yummy Sloppy Joe French bread pizza.

Sloppy Joe French Bread Pizza

What can I say about this recipe for Sloppy Joe French bread pizza? Make it. Just go make it. That’s all. Ok, don’t overcook the onion and peppers. That’s the only thing I can come up with. It’s perfect as it is. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

Sloppy Joe French Bread Pizza

Making Sloppy Joes at home is about as easy as it can get, and this recipe here for using it to make French bread pizza takes that old classic and makes it truly fantastic. I could eat a scary amount of this pizza.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 556kcal

Ingredients

For the Sloppy Joe mixture

For the French bread pizza

  • 1 loaf French bread cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 cups Colby Jack cheese shredded, or cheddar

Instructions

For the Sloppy Joe mixture

  • Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook until it just starts to brown. Drain off an excess grease.
  • Add the onion and pepper and stir. Cook until the beef is completely done and the vegetables just start to soften. You want them to still have a little crunch to them.
  • Add the remaining Sloppy Joe mixture ingredients. Stir. If the mixture is too dry add a small amount of water.
  • Turn off the heat and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.

For the French bread pizza

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place the bread on a large baking sheet lined with foil.
  • Divide the Sloppy Joe mixture between the bread halves. It's not time to be shy. You want it thick and you want it crust-to-crust.
  • Sprinkle with the cheese.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until the bread starts to brown and is lightly crunchy. The cheese should be nice and melted.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes then slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 895mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 283mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

I cannot get enough of Sloppy Joes. I love Bayou Sloppy Joes. Seriously messy Sloppy Joes. Sloppy Joes made with chorizo. Sloppy Joes made in a slow cooker. Any way you cook ’em, I’ll eat ’em. Like these Philly cheesesteak Sloppy Joes. Made in just minutes, and packed with the flavors of a traditional Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Of course, topped with a creamy cheese sauce. Now, if you don’t think provolone cheese is ‘proper’ on a cheesesteak, you can surely substitute Cheese Wiz and have your Sloppy Joe ‘with’.

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

I was raised on A-1 steak sauce, but some folks were raised on Heinz 57. Either sauce (or any other steak sauce for that matter) is great on these sandwiches.

Also try my copycat Manwich Sloppy Joes.

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Made in just minutes, and packed with the flavors of a traditional Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Of course, topped with a creamy cheese sauce. 
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 615kcal

Ingredients

For the sandwich

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons A-1 steak sauce
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns or Hoagie rolls

For the cheese sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup provolone cheese shredded, or if sliced, torn into pieces

Instructions

For the sandwich

  • Melt the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion and peppers and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the beef and brown, breaking into small pieces. Drain if necessary.
  • Add the steak sauce and broth. Stir. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer until the sauce is reduced.
  • Toast buns as desired.
  • Serve buns topped with meat mixture and a few spoonfuls of the cheese sauce.

For the cheese sauce

  • Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  • Stir in the flour and cook about 1 minute, whisking.
  • Slowly add the milk while whisking.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes, whisking continuously, until thickened.
  • Reduce heat to low and add the cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and thick.

Nutrition

Calories: 615kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 831mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 534IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 440mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Bayou Sloppy Joes

It doesn’t take much to kick up a normal ole Sloppy Joe dish and make it something special. Add some bold Bayou-inspired flavors, take a bite, and you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t make this a lot sooner. And there’s no reason to be shy with the hot sauce, either. I usually make a double batch of these Bayou Sloppy Joes and freeze some for later. It’s perfect for a quick lunch.

Bayou Sloppy Joes


If you aren’t a big fan of hot sauce, just substitute a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce. No harm, no foul!

Also try my Philly cheesesteak Sloppy Joes and my crazy-easy slow cooker Sloppy Joes!

Bayou Sloppy Joes

I usually make a double batch of these Bayou Sloppy Joes and freeze some for later. It’s perfect for a quick lunch.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 513kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over high heat.
  • Drain any excess fat.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the buns. Stir.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in more hot sauce as desired.
  • Serve on buns.

Nutrition

Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 947mg | Potassium: 739mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.