Pepperoni Pizza Sloppy Joes

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Pizza Sloppy Joes – Easy recipe for pepperoni pizza sloppy joes! Delicious family dinner made with ground beef and all the cheesy, saucy goodness of homemade pizza.

pepperoni pizza sloppy joes with toasted buns and potato chips on gray plate

We’re full steam ahead with the next stop on our sloppy joe journey with these lovely li’l pizza joes. Made with ground beef, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese, pizza sloppy joes are the best of both worlds.

Unlike our original homemade sloppy joes, this sloppy joe recipe has absolutely no ketchup in it. Instead we went with a homemade pizza sauce, made with crushed tomatoes and all the seasonings.

My boys have really been enjoying all of these delicious sloppy joe recipes. I’m pretty sure their favorite so far have been the taco sloppy joes, the Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes, and the grilled cheese sloppy joes.

Personally, I really enjoyed the sloppy joe stuffed peppers.

open faced pizza sloppy joes on toasted buns with potato chips, served on a gray plate

Just like our other juicy burger recipes, you can serve pizza joes on toasted buns or for a lower carb option, on a bed of lettuce or spinach. Either way, they make a really tasty family meal.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE RECIPE FOR PIZZA SLOPPY JOES?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the delicious recipe for pepperoni pizza sloppy joes – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

WHAT IS A PIZZA SLOPPY JOE?

If you’ve never had sloppy joes, they’re a loose meat sandwich made with loose ground beef that’s mixed with a tomato based sauce. The sauce usually has things like ketchup or tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sometimes a little mustard, and other ingredients.

Pizza sloppy joes are a loose meat sandwich, but instead of ketchup, they’re made with a homemade pizza sauce, pepperoni, and shredded mozzarella cheese.

DO I HAVE TO USE GROUND BEEF? CAN I USE OTHER MEATS?

Pizza joes would taste incredible with a little bit of Italian sausage or regular sausage mixed in with the ground beef. Or you can even use ground turkey instead of beef.

ground beef mixture for pizza joes, with wooden spatula in iron skillet

Think pizza when you’re making these… What are your favorite meats when you go to order or make pizza?

DO I NEED TO THAW THE GROUND BEEF? WHAT IF IT’S FROZEN?

You can use frozen hamburger meat to make homemade sloppy joes, but you may need to sauté your garlic in a different skillet so it can be added to the ground beef once the meat has thawed. We’re really bad about remembering to get meat out to thaw, so don’t fret if you’ve forgotten it too.

Since it’s a loose meat sandwich and you’re not having to shape hamburger patties, it’s a little bit easier to do; though I do recommend thawing if at all possible.

holding a pizza sloppy joe in hands

Just put the meat into a skillet with maybe 1/2 cup water, turn the heat on medium, and place a lid on the skillet. This will steam the meat.

You can add the sautéed garlic once the meat has loosened up. And when it’s fully cooked, just be sure to drain off any excess oil.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE SLOPPY JOES WITH A PIZZA TWIST

This is a really easy sloppy joe recipe that’s perfect for both pizza lovers and sloppy joe lovers.

I recommend using bacon grease for added flavor to your meat mixture (and for toasting the buns). But if you don’t have bacon grease, no worries; you can also use butter or olive oil.

sauté garlic in bacon grease in iron skillet on stovetop for pepperoni pizza sloppy joes

Be sure to mince up the garlic really well. I prefer to mince it up so that it blends well with the meat and the sauce.

Sauté the garlic in bacon grease in a large skillet. Then add the meat and mix together with the garlic, cooking the mixture well.

mixing ground beef and garlic together for pizza sloppy joe recipe in iron skillet with wooden spatula

Be sure to drain off any excess oil when the meat has finished cooking.

Add the sloppy joe sauce ingredients, including the crushed tomatoes, seasonings, and chopped pepperoni. Let the mixture simmer for a good 5-10 minutes.

ingredients for pizza sloppy joe sauce in iron skillet with wooden spatula

Place the shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the cooked juicy burger mixture, and stir it in as it begins to melt.

adding mozzarella cheese to pizza sloppy joes meat in iron skillet

Meanwhile, you can toast hamburger buns in another skillet or on a griddle in a little bit of bacon grease. Or you may choose a lower carb option and prep a plate of lettuce or spinach to go with your pizza sloppy joe meat.

Add the meat to the buns, lettuce, or spinach, and enjoy a flavorful dinner with your family. This is an especially kid-friendly meal that’s sure to be on your menu again and again!

pepperoni pizza juicy burger, open faced, served on a gray plate with potato chips and a sprinkling of fresh basil

WANT MORE SIMILAR DINNERTIME GOODNESS?

My friend Kristy, from Mommy Hates Cooking, has a delicious recipe for Root Beer Sloppy Joes.

And my friend Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, has a yummy recipe for Pizza Stuffed Burgers.

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE THIS PIZZA SLOPPY JOE RECIPE

Skillet – We love using our cast iron skillets and griddle for pretty much everything both at home and while camping; they are very much a part of our camping cooking gear on every trip.

Hamburger Chopper – This handy dandy tool makes it easier to chop up the meat into a much looser mixture.

Wooden Spatula

Ninja Food Chopper Express or Cutting Board and Chef’s Knife

Cheese Grater

PEPPERONI PIZZA SLOPPY JOE RECIPE

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Pepperoni Pizza Sloppy Joes

Easy recipe for pepperoni pizza sloppy joes! Delicious family dinner made with ground beef and all the cheesy, saucy goodness of homemade pizza.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Dinner, Main Dish
Keyword easy sloppy joe recipe, homemade sloppy joes, juicy burger, loose meat sandwich, pepperoni pizza, pizza joes, pizza sloppy joes, sloppy joe recipe, sloppy joe sauce, sloppy joes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 390 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat the bacon grease in a large skillet until hot. 

  2. Then add in the garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes

  3. Add the ground beef into the skillet, stirring the garlic into the meat. Cook on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the meat is well cooked.

  4. Be sure to drain off any excess oil when the meat has finished cooking.

  5. Mix the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and pepperoni into the meat, stirring until combined.

  6. Let the pizza sloppy joe mixture simmer for a good 5-10 minutes.

  7. Finally, top the meat with the shredded mozzarella right in the skillet and let it begin to melt.** Then stir the melted cheese into the meat mixture.

  8. Serve on toasted buns or on a bed of lettuce or spinach.

Recipe Notes

*I recommend using bacon grease for the added flavor it will give to the meat mixture (and for toasting the buns). But if you don't have bacon grease, no worries; you can also use butter or olive oil.

**It will help the cheese to melt a little faster if you place a lid on the skillet.

You can add a little bit of chopped basil for extra flavor, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Pepperoni Pizza Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 669mg29%
Potassium 376mg11%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Calcium 156mg16%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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