Cheesesteak Style Sloppy Joes are packed with flavors reminiscent of a cheesesteak sandwich. Made with ground beef, these quick and easy sloppy joes sandwiches are filled with bell pepper and onion, then topped with melty cheese.
If you love everything cheesesteak related, you’re going to love my recipe for cheesesteak style sloppy joes. I absolutely adore a good cheesesteak, like my Best Ever Cheesesteak recipe.
While these sloppy joes are not like a traditional cheesesteak sandwich – they make a fantastic, low-cost alternative and a great weeknight meal for the family.
Plus, they’re made with simple, easy to find ingredients. The best part is that you can easily customize your sloppy joes to suit the tastes of your family. Do you love mushrooms? Add in some diced mushrooms with the bell pepper and onions.
Sloppy joes vs. cheesesteaks
I want to start by saying that I know sloppy joes are not cheesesteaks. This recipe is for cheesesteak style sloppy joes – the look (and low cost!) of a sloppy joe, but with flavors similar to a cheesesteak.
If you’ve never had one before, a sloppy joe (via Wikipedia) is a “sandwich consisting of ground beef or pork, onions, tomato sauce or ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun.”
A traditional cheesesteak consists of thin sliced steak, sometimes onions, with melted cheese, on a hoagie roll. In parts of the world other than Philadelphia, bell peppers are also a common ingredient.
I’ve simply combined the two to make a cheesesteak style of sloppy joes that are easy to make for a weeknight meal. I hope that you enjoy the recipe and your family loves these sloppy joes as much as we do!
To make your cheesesteak, first gather your ingredients.
For this recipe, you’ll need ground beef (I used 85/15 from Butcher Box), salt, pepper, butter, diced onions, diced bell pepper, minced garlic (or garlic powder), worcestershire sauce, beef broth, white American cheese (or provolone), cornstarch, and some fresh bakery buns.
Optionally, give your buns a light toast before serving your sloppy joes. Or, serve your sloppy joes over cauliflower rice or a salad for a low-carb version.
Cooking your sloppy joes
1. First, you’ll brown your ground beef in a saute pan over medium heat.
2. Remove the beef and set aside, adding your unsalted butter.
3. Once the butter is melted, add your onion and bell pepper.
4. Cook, stirring as needed, until vegetables begin to brown and onions turn translucent.
5. Reduce heat to low, then add your ground beef, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, and beef broth to the pan.
6. Add your cornstarch.
7. Stir until dissolved. This will create a sauce from the beef broth.
8. Lastly, remove your pan from the heat and add your cheese. Allow to melt, then serve.
Substitutions and reheating
Want to spice things up? Try adding a dash of hot sauce or cayenne pepper to your sloppy joes.
If you’re opposed to using bell peppers or onions in your sloppy joes, try substituting one with diced button mushrooms instead.
If you have any leftovers, the filling will keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator and reheats well. Try adding your leftovers to a skillet and heating over medium-low heat until warmed through. Or, reheat in the microwave, lightly covered with a paper towel.
What to Serve with Sloppy Joes
Cheesesteak Style Sloppy Joes
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 4 slices white american or provolone cheese
- 4 rolls
- Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Crumble ground beef and season with salt and pepper, then cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add butter to pan. Once melted, add onion and bell pepper and saute until vegetables begin to brown and onions turn translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low, then return ground beef to pan. Add garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, and beef broth, scraping the bottom of the pan as you incorporate your ingredients.
- Add cornstarch and stir until dissolved. This will thicken the beef broth and create a sauce. If beef looks dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of water.
- Remove from heat. Top meat mixture with cheese slices and allow to set for 1-2 minutes, or until melted. Remove from heat, spoon onto rolls and serve immediately.
- Want to spice things up? Try adding a dash of hot sauce or cayenne pepper to your sloppy joes. Or, dice a jalapeno and add with your onions and bell pepper.
- If adding mushrooms, add with the onions and bell pepper.
- Leftovers will keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator in a well sealed container.