Sloppy Joe Casserole, ground beef, cheese, cornbread, easy

Sloppy Joe Casserole

I know I’ve said I don’t really “get” casseroles! Cook a bunch of good food, mix it together and recook it! But even I get how nice it is to pull a pan of hot, bubbly, and cheesy deliciousness out of the oven, plop it on the table and call “Dinner!” And this Sloppy Joe Casserole qualifies!

Sloppy Joe Casserole, ground beef, cheese, cornbread, easy

Sloppy Joe Casserole

Years ago I used to make a Sloppy Joe Casserole for my son but I thought it was about due for an update. Here, a home-made cornbread base (I’ll give directions for a mix, too) is literally smothered with a spicy/sweet Sloppy Joe & of course, cheese. Two kinds of cheese. Coz who doesn’t love cheese?!

I based these off my fave Essential Sloppy Joes (just upped the heat a little to balance out the cornbread base and cheese.) It’s still very kid friendly, but you can be the judge and add as little or as much spice as you’d like. I really love my home-made cornbread, so I use the creamed corn in place of some of the milk and buttermilk in my original recipe. It’s super delish with the little bit of extra cheese and super moist.

Sloppy Joe Casserole, ground beef, cheese, cornbread, easy

Sloppy Joe Casserole

And I didn’t forget the veggies – see there’s green onion, lol! And also tomato, pepper and onion in the Sloppy Joes and a little extra corn in the cornbread. Talk about a sneaky way to get in at least a few veggies – if you’re thinking about your kids, or if you’re like me and thinking about my fave octogenarians, my folks!

the BEST Sloppy Joe Casserole! Make the cornbread base with a mix or by scratch!

You could hardly find a more hearty meal at a frugal price! Look for cheese on sale, especially when there are coupons and Catalina deals (buy so many, get a coupon to use for a future purchase) – chuck it in the freezer for dishes like this. Buy larger portions of ground beef on sale and divide & freeze. Stock up on condiments during the summer months (or Superbowl week) when they’re at the low for the year.

Sloppy Joe Casserole, ground beef, cheese, cornbread, easy

Sloppy Joe Casserole

Sloppy Joe Casserole

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: easy
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Note: this recipe is easy to make with cornbread mix & canned sloppy Joe sauce. See substitutions at the bottom of the recipe.

Cornbread Base:

  • 1 cup yellow or white cornmeal
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons sugar (that’s 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese (plus another cup for topping, listed below under Assembly) *
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix the dry ingredients: cornmeal, flour, baking powder & soda, sugar, salt and 1/2 cup of cheese.

In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients: milk, eggs, creamed corn and butter. Add the wet to the dry and stir until just combined. Pour into the prepared baking dish and spread to an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes or until just set.

While the cornbread is baking, make the Sloppy Joes.

Sloppy Joe Portion:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • dash or two of tabasco
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Brown hamburger, along with onion and bell pepper, until no longer pink. Drain off fat. Add the rest of ingredients, stirring well. Bring to a simmer and stir now and then for 10 minutes or so until desired moisture level is reached. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Set aside.

The Rest of the Ingredients & Assembly:

  • 1 cup of shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese *
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion

Remove the cornbread from the oven and use a fork to prick holes over the cornbread. Pour Sloppy Joe mixture over cornbread.

Bake for about 10 minutes, then add cheese. Return to the oven and continue to bake another five to 10 minutes until the cornbread is done and cheese is melted.

Top with the green onions before serving.

  • I prefer to use part cheddar and part jack rather than a combo simply because I think it looks prettier to sprinkle first one kind across the top and then the other, but a mixture of both is fine, too.

Note: If desired, use a cornbread mix for the dry ingredients and mix with the stated wet ingredients. A 24 ounce can of Sloppy Joe mix may be used with the ground beef, onion and pepper instead of stated items in the sauce.

from the kitchen of

Nutrition Facts
Servings 9.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 428
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20 g 31 %
Saturated Fat 9 g 47 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 107 mg 36 %
Sodium 830 mg 35 %
Potassium 327 mg 9 %
Total Carbohydrate 42 g 14 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g 14 %
Sugars 10 g
Protein 21 g 43 %
Vitamin A 8 %
Vitamin C 1 %
Calcium 16 %
Iron 19 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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31 thoughts on “Sloppy Joe Casserole

  1. Mollie, I have the same idea with casseroles. But I forgot all of my ‘doubts’ when I saw this. This is amazingly delicious and a really must try. I love the idea of cornbread as a base. Now, I need to get myself some cornmeal and make this. Ohhh! You don’t know how excited I am. Thanks for sharing this superb dish at this week’s FF, Mollie. Have a fab time. 🙂 x

  2. I think you discovered the hidden secret of casseroles…. anything is better baked under a layer of cheese! This looks great, though I am not surprised. Have a lovely weekend!

  3. This is definitely something I need to put on my “to make” list soon! I actually bought a can of creamed corn a couple of weeks ago (now I don’t even remember why as we don’t eat it as a side) so now I have a purpose for it. 🙂

  4. oh how fun! I love casseroles you can always do crazy things and its so easy. Oven and done. This looks so yummy! Grand kids would be all over this fresh twist of sloppy joes… but with half the slop! love it!

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    • I think it would be a great casserole for back to school parents, too. I hate to think of fall but the signs are there already! Hopefully, we’ll have a nice, warm, beautiful fall to make up for our super hot summer!

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