If you want those delicious sloppy joe flavors without the extra carbs, you need this rib-sticking, family-pleasing sloppy joes casserole recipe in your life.
I’m not lying when I say this sloppy joe casserole recipe is a family favorite. It’s definitely become one of my favorite casseroles because it’s so easy to make and so delicious. Plus, it has all the flavors of your normal sloppy joes but without the bread to keep the carbs lower than usual, and what the heck, it’s fun to try something different.
This casserole requires minimal prep, which is why I love to whip it together on a busy weeknight. Once you brown the ground beef (I have cooked beef stored in my freezer for moments like this), you just combine it with the Manwich sloppy joe sauce and french fried onions and place them in the casserole dish with lots of gooey cheese goodness. Then you simply need to whisk together flour, milk, and eggs and pour that over the casserole to make that scrumptious topping. In under an hour, your casserole will be ready to pull out of the oven and serve to your hungry family.
It’s a hearty, filling, and scrumptious comfort food dish I just love and I hope you do too! When you’re in the mood to make normal sloppy joes, check out my easy slow cooker recipe.
- All-purpose flour
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Cooked ground beef
- Vegetable oil
- Sloppy joe sauce, either store-bought or homemade (if you want to make your own sloppy joe sauce check out the ingredients I use to make it HERE).
- French fried onions
How to Make Sloppy Joes Casserole
Cook your ground beef, then stir your sloppy joe sauce and fried onions into the meat until it’s well coated.
Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
Add a layer of shredded cheese.
Spread the meat mixture over the top of the cheese.
Top with the remaining cheese.
Place eggs, milk, flour, salt, and oil in a bowl.
So all you have to do is stir these ingredients together with a spoon until it’s well blended. It just takes a minute.
Pour over the top of the beef mixture and cheese.
Bake this at 350 for 30 minutes or until it is just a wee bit brown on top.
Like this! Time to serve it up.
This is great when served with green beans and iced tea (of course)!
Store casserole leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating in the microwave.
- I only use Manwich when it comes to buying pre-made sloppy joe sauce. I normally like generics but find generic sloppy joe sauce to be really bad.
- Want to bulk up your casserole with vegetables? Before you cook your lean ground beef, quickly saute your vegetables, like 1 diced onion, 1 diced green bell pepper, a cup of grated carrot, and a can of corn kernels (or a cup of frozen corn).
- If you’re not watching your carbs, you can mix a cup of cooked penne or farfalle pasta with the meat before spreading it in your casserole dish.
- Instead of ground beef, try pork sausage or ground turkey.
- If your family doesn’t mind a little heat, add a 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to your meat mixture.
Can I make this sloppy joes casserole ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this casserole recipe in advance. It will last up to 4 days in the fridge. Alternatively, partly assemble the casserole and then top with the flour mixture before baking.
What do you serve with sloppy joes casserole?
This casserole is a main dish, but I recommend serving it with a side of vegetables. This might be a green bean casserole, some grilled asparagus, coleslaw, or a simple salad.
Check out these other tasty casserole recipes:
Taco Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
Stuffed Pepper Casserole Recipe (Easy and Delicious)
Note: This recipe can be made using half of the beef and sloppy joe sauce but still with the same amount of crust and in a 9x13 pan with no loss of deliciousness.
- 1-2 pounds ground beef cooked and drained
- 1-2 cans sloppy joe sauce
- 1 cup french fried onions
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese mild, sharp, whatever you like
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, stir together the ground beef, sloppy joe sauce, and french fried onions until well blended.1-2 pounds ground beef, 1-2 cans sloppy joe sauce, 1 cup french fried onions
- Spray the bottom of a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle half of the cheese on the bottom and top with the meat mixture, spreading to the sides. Top meat mixture with the remaining cheese.2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, milk, oil, eggs, and salt. Stir until well blended. Pour over the top of the sloppy joe mixture and cheese in the casserole dish.1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup milk, 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is set and very lightly browned.
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Wow…amazing!!!!!! It is much appreciated
Hey Christy, I can’t wait to try this. I am wondering if you are going to put on your recipes the nutritional information. I am type2 diabetic and would love to know the carbohydrates count. Thanks for all you do!!!!
Thank you for this recipe, I am going to try it with my home canned sloppy joe mix. I really appreciate the note on halving this recipe as I like to try a small batch out with the family before going all out, lol!
I hope you enjoy it Lisa!! Let me know what y’all think.
Made for the FF&F What’s on the Menu Tag Game because hubby & I love sloppy joes. However, we’ve grown weary of them being so 1-dimensional – Always a sandwich vs a dinner meal. This recipe chg’d all that because it so easily combines w/a salad, veggie &/or fruit for a real meal. I live in Iceland now & few US products are available, including Manwich. But while in the US, I bought packets of dry McCormick Sloppy Joes Seasoning Mix that were just waiting in my pantry for your recipe. I used a shredded Cheddar/Jack cheese blend called “pizza cheese” here in Iceland. This recipe resembles a shepherd’s pie, but I never would’ve thought to do that for Sloppy Joes. While we liked this recipe a lot, I did find the batter topping to be rather bland, so I will probably try to improve that by adding some of the crispy onions, cheese, chives or some combo of them to the batter … maybe even dry Ranch Dressing Mix. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us
This reminds me of a recipe my mom used to make when I was little. I love a good baked dish any day, thanks for sharing your recipes and the great words as well!
I am making this for dinner tonight, and we are looking forward to it. We love sloppy joes! I have made the deep dish pizza, which is similar to this, many times. I think that was the first recipe I made off your site. I am like you, I like Hunt’s Manwich sauce the best if I am not making my sauce from scratch. Manwich used to make a Barbeque that was our favorite, but I don’t think they make it anymore. I found a Hickory Sloppy Joe sauce from Del Monte that is very good, so I am going to stock up on it when I go back to Wal-Mart. That is what I used tonight. I enjoy your site, and I make alot of your recipes. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much Shari, I am so glad you are enjoying the recipes!! I am going to have to look for the Hickory Sloppy Joe sauce, I haven’t seen that one before!!
This is sooo good! If anyone has not made this, you MUST make it! I followed your recipe exactly, and I used the hickory sloppy joe sauce with some diced green pepper thrown in. I ate some of the leftovers for lunch today; very good!
I am so glad to hear that you liked it Shari!!!
Thanks, Christy. And, just so ya know…I can’t taste the difference between Manwich and the Aldi sloppy joe sauce, it’s DARN CLOSE! 🙂
ooh that is good to know!!! Thank you!!!!!
I will have to pick up some of the Aldi sauce next time I go. I have liked most everything I have bought from there.