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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.
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Course: Burgers & Sandwiches
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 390kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease *
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni chopped
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Heat the bacon grease in a large skillet until hot. 
  • Then add in the garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes
  • 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.
  • Be sure to drain off any excess oil when the meat has finished cooking.
  • Mix the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and pepperoni into the meat, stirring until combined.
  • Let the pizza sloppy joe mixture simmer for a good 5-10 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Serve on toasted buns or on a bed of lettuce or spinach.

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

Serving: 5servings | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 669mg | Sugar: 1g
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