Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

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Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes – How to make the most delicious Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes with ground beef, mushrooms, and provolone. Easy dinner idea and recipe!

open faced Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes on toasted hamburger buns with potato chips on gray plate

Back in college, I was introduced to my first Philly cheesesteak on a trip to Philly. Before that, I’d really never heard of a cheesesteak and really had no idea what it was.

And then I married a guy from Pennsylvania who absolutely loved a good Philly cheese steak sandwich. In fact, it became a regular part of our menu.

Combine his favorite Philly cheese steak with my favorite sloppy joes, and you’ve got the makings of a really yummy dinner.

The nice thing about Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes is that without the toasted buns, the meat mixture is fairly low carb. So pair with a bed of lettuce or spinach and you’ve got a much healthier option.

And if you’re in a pinch and need a super quick dinner, you can totally make this juicy burger up ahead of time and just warm it up for dinner. Easy make ahead meal for the win!

holding a Philly cheesesteak sloppy joe in hands

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WHAT IS A PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SLOPPY JOE?

Don’t worry, before college I’d never heard of a Philly cheesesteak sandwich either.

A Philly cheese steak sandwich is basically a sandwich made on a hoagie with smaller, thinner pieces of beefsteak and cheese. What cheese goes on a Philly cheese steak depends; it can be provolone, American, or Cheez Whiz.

A Philly cheesesteak sloppy joe is made with ground beef instead of beefsteak. And like a cheesesteak, it has peppers, onions, mushrooms, and cheese.

close up of Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes on gray plate with toasted hamburger bun and potato chips

Instead of serving this loose meat sandwich on a hoagie, you serve it on a toasted hamburger bun, just like a sloppy joe.

While I use ground beef, you can also make a good sloppy joe sandwich with ground pork or ground turkey.

CAN I USE FROZEN GROUND BEEF? DO I NEED TO THAW IT?

You can use frozen hamburger meat to make homemade sloppy joes, but you may need to sauté your onion, garlic, mushrooms, and bell pepper in a different skillet so they can be added to the ground beef once it’s thawed. We actually do this quite often because we forget to get the meat out, so don’t fret if you’ve forgotten it too.

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

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 basically steams the meat.

You can add the sautéed onion, garlic, mushrooms, and pepper once the meat has loosened up.

ground beef for Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes, cooked in cast iron skillet with green bell peppers and wooden spatula

When it’s fully cooked, you can drain off any excess oil.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SLOPPY JOES

I recommend using bacon grease for added flavor 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.

Be sure to mince up the garlic, onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper really well. I like mincing them up so they blend well with the meat and the sauce.

onion, bell pepper, garlic, and mushrooms for Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes cooking in cast iron skillet
  • You’ll start by sautéing the garlic, onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper in a large skillet.
  • Then add the ground beef and mix together with the vegetables, cooking the mixture well.
ground beef and veggie mixture for Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes, cooking in cast iron skillet
  • Be sure to drain off any excess oil when the meat has finished cooking.
  • Whisk together the beef broth and flour in a separate measuring cup.
beef broth in Pyrex measuring cup for Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes
  • Once you add the sloppy joe sauce ingredients, including the broth mixture, just let the meat simmer for a good 5-10 minutes.
  • Finally, top with the Provolone right in the skillet and let it melt. Then stir the melted cheese into the meat mixture.
provolone cheese topping Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes meat in cast 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 cheesesteak sloppy joe meat.

Spoon the meat onto a toasted bun and serve it while it’s all toasty warm!

closed face Philly cheese steak sloppy joes with potato chips on gray plate

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open faced Philly cheese steak sloppy joe on gray plate with potato chips

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU MAY NEED TO MAKE PHILLY CHEESE STEAK SLOPPY JOES

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

Pyrex Measuring Cup and Whisk

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Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

How to make the most delicious Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes with ground beef, mushrooms, and provolone. Easy dinner idea and recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Dinner, Main Dish
Keyword easy sloppy joe recipe, homemade sloppy joes, juicy burger, loose meat sandwich, Philly cheese steak recipe, Philly cheese steak sauce, Philly cheesesteak, Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes, sloppy joe recipe, sloppy joes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 437 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 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add the onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper in with the garlic and sauté for another 3-5 minutes.

  4. Add the ground beef into the skillet, stirring the garlic, onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper into the meat. Cook on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the meat is well cooked.

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

  6. Whisk together the beef broth and flour in a separate measuring cup.

  7. Mix the beef broth mixture, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, salt, and black pepper into the meat, stirring until combined.

  8. Let the cheesesteak sloppy joe mixture simmer for a good 5-10 minutes.

  9. Finally, top the meat with the Provolone right in the skillet and let it melt.** Then stir the melted cheese into the meat mixture.

  10. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 819mg 34%
Potassium 428mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 9.2%
Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 36.8%
Iron 13.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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