Sloppy Joe Casserole—No Mess Comfort Food

Whether you're hosting your fellow fans for a big game or planning a potluck, this Sloppy Joe Casserole is the perfect combo of comfort and convenience. All the flavor of the childhood treat, without the sloppiness—because who wants meat juices trailing down their sleeves? Ew! Plus the bone-warming umami of a good chili without the hours-long cook time. Grab your fork and dig in!

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Sloppy Joe Casserole

Sloppy Joe Casserole

  • Serves 6
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes

For the Casserole

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 14.5 oz can corn, drained
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • ¼ c cream cheese
  • 2 c cheddar cheese, grated
  • 12 pre-made or homemade biscuits (see recipe below)


  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the ground beef, and cook until browned, breaking up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Remove from pan using a slotted spoon, and add remaining olive oil.
  • Add the red bell pepper and onion, and cook until just beginning to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Add the corn and tomato sauce and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the cream cheese and 1 c cheddar cheese. Add the ground beef and stir to combine.
  • Lightly oil a 13x9 baking dish with olive oil or cooking spray. Pour in the casserole filling, then arrange the uncooked biscuits over the casserole, and brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese.
  • Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes or until biscuits are puffed and golden brown.

For the biscuits

  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter (chilled and cut into cubes) plus 2 tablespoons melted
  • 3/4 c buttermilk

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  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Into the dry mixture, cut in chilled cubes of butter until the texture resembles small pebbles. Pour the buttermilk over mixture, gently stirring to combine.
  • Pour the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and knead until dough comes together. Roll out the dough to a 1/3-inch thickness. Using a 1 1/2-inch ring mold, cut out biscuits. Repeat process, being careful not to over knead the dough.
Sloppy Joe Casserole

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