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Sloppy Joe Crescent Roll Casserole Recipe

Golden brown crescent rolls meet the tangy goodness of sloppy joe mixture for this easy twist on a classic. Add this sloppy joe crescent roll casserole recipe into your rotation PRONTO. 

Sloppy Joe Crescent Roll Casserole

If you are what you eat, then this should be called Sloppy Joe's World. Okay, I don't have this all the time, but every time I eat my Healthy Sloppy Joes—a lighter take on an all-time favorite—I wonder why I don't make them more. They've full of savory flavor with a hint of sweet and are an absolute crowd pleaser. 

This Sloppy Joe Crescent Roll Casserole Recipe takes the core of any great sloppy joe recipe—the meat mixture—and combines it with crescent dough to create an easy sloppy joe casserole recipe that will make even the pickiest of picky eaters into a true believer. 

What is a sloppy joe?

sloppy joe is a popular sandwich in the United States, especially in school cafeterias. It's typically a seasoned ground beef, onion, and ketchup combination in between hamburger buns. While you might not have the best memories of this school lunch, this Sloppy Joe recipe is an upgrade!

Sloppy joe casserole ingredients

Here's what's involved in making this casserole:

Meat

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small white onion finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

Casserole

  • 8 oz crescent rolls
  • ½ cup shredded provolone or white italian cheese

Sauce

  • ¾ cup sugar free ketchup
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp paprika

Sloppy joe casserole substitution ideas

​As with classic sloppy joes, this recipe is pretty simple, but you should have no trouble making substitutions for whatever suits you best. 

Meat: Substitute ground turkey or ground chicken, or even use a meat substitute. The sauce combo with the onions and pepper is very versatile. Additionally, if you like a little more heat, add in some chili powder or even a bit of cayenne to the meat while cooking. As it stands, the recipe has a medium heat level, which I find is good for the whole family. 

RollsWhile using a favorite crescent roll dough should work well, you could also achieve a similar result with flaky biscuit dough. 

Cheese: I'm a big fan of using provolone in combination with the sloppy joe meat, but you can definitely use cheddar cheese or another favorite. 

Sauce: You can replace the sugar-free ketchup with tomato sauce without any issue, though you'll miss out on the umami flavor that the ketchup provides. 

Toppings: Try green onions, sesame seeds, or even diced pickles on top of the cheese. You're limited by your imagination here!

How to make sloppy joe casserole

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Grease an 11 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Open the can of crescent rolls, unroll, and lay evenly on bottom of the prepared baking dish, covering completely.
  • Add sauce ingredients to a small bow. Stir well and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, and pepper. Saute for about 5 mins.
  • Add the beef to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook meat completely, until there is no pink.
  • Add the sauce to the skillet as well. Stir well.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce is thickened.
  • Spread the ground beef mixture in an even layer on top of the crescent rolls. Use a spoon to evenly disperse.
  • Sprinkle a layer of cheese evenly across the top of the meat.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until crescent rolls are lightly browned.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

How long does sloppy joe casserole last in the fridge? 

As with most recipes here, the key is finding a good airtight container for storage. This cooked casserole will last up to 5 days in the fridge when stored properly in one of those, and it will also freeze (if you let it sit for that long, that is!).

You can also store by putting aluminum foil or plastic wrap over the casserole dish and placing the whole thing into the freezer, but I personally wouldn't do that for longer than 2 or 3 days as it can be a little bit less airtight than a tupperware container, for example. 

How to reheat sloppy joe casserole

This casserole can be reheated in the microwave as single servings. Additionally, if you stored the whole casserole dish in the fridge, you should be able to pop it back into the oven for 10-15 mins at a low temperature (~300F). This is why I love casseroles: they're easy recipes that reheat well and taste just as good the next time. It's great for an easy dinner or even an afternoon snack.

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5 from 3 votes

Sloppy Joe Crescent Roll Casserole

Golden brown crescent rolls meet the tangy goodness of sloppy joe mixture for this easy twist on a classic. Add this sloppy joe crescent roll casserole recipe into your rotation PRONTO. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sloppy joe, sloppy joe casserole
Servings: 6
Calories: 333kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • 11 x 13 casserole dish
  • Large Skillet

Ingredients

For the Meat

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small white onion finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the Casserole

  • 8 oz crescent rolls
  • ½ cup shredded provolone or white italian cheese

For the Sauce

  • ¾ cup sugar free ketchup
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375.
  • Grease an 11 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Open the can of crescent rolls, unroll, and lay evenly on bottom of baking dish, covering completely.
  • Add sauce ingredients to a small bow. Stir well and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, and pepper. Saute for about 5 mins.
  • Add the beef to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook meat completely, until there is no pink.
  • Add the sauce to the skillet as well. Stir well.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce is thickened.
  • Spread the meat mixture evenly on top of the crescent rolls. Use a spoon to evenly disperse.
  • Sprinkle a layer of cheese evenly across the top of the meat.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until crescent rolls are lightly browned.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 12mg
Recipe Rating




Margot

Tuesday 20th of February 2024

This came out so so good! I’m always hesitant on traditional sloppy Joe’s but this was awesome. Made some substitutions because I was #underprepared but still was awesome!

4 oz no sugar added ketchup 2 oz hickory bbq sauce Tablespoons of garlic powder Shredded white cheddar instead of provolone or mozz

Hubs went back for seconds!

Jordan Smith

Wednesday 21st of February 2024

YAY for successful recipes! Thanks for sharing your substitutions — so happy it still turned out for you!

Morgan

Tuesday 24th of October 2023

I made this for dinner since I had all of the ingredients and I figured a casserole would last a few days. My husband ate half of it and decided he liked this way better than a standard sloppy Joe lol. So I guess don’t count on many leftovers. It was super quick and easy to put together too!

tara

Friday 8th of September 2023

This is seriously so good. I had a square for breakfast this morning because I could NOT wait till dinner to have more!

Jordan Smith

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

Tara, I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe! I agree it's good anytime of day!!

Kim

Thursday 31st of August 2023

If I use ketchup with sugar, will it still taste ok? I'm guessing I should leave out the brown sugar? Thanks!

Jordan Smith

Friday 1st of September 2023

I think either way would work! You could for sure use ketchup with sugar. Maybe taste test the sauce without the brown sugar first, see if you like it, and if not, add the brown sugar in!

Stephanie

Monday 7th of August 2023

Great dinner for a busy night. My kids loved it!