Ultimate Sloppy Joe Casserole

Transform the classic Sloppy Joe into a mouthwatering, crowd-pleasing casserole with this Ultimate Sloppy Joe Casserole recipe. Perfect for family dinners, potlucks, or a cozy night in, this casserole combines all the beloved flavors of Sloppy Joes with the hearty comfort of a baked dish. Packed with ground beef, vegetables, and melted cheese, it’s a surefire hit for any occasion.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper (from one medium pepper)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 28-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 28-ounce bag frozen, diced potatoes (such as Potatoes O’Brien with onions and peppers)
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cook the Aromatics:
    • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    • Add the diced onion and green bell pepper, cooking until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
    • Stir in the chopped garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
  3. Brown the Ground Beef:
    • Add the ground beef to the skillet, breaking it up with a spoon.
    • Cook until the beef is browned and no longer pink, about 7-10 minutes.
    • Season with kosher salt, fresh black pepper, chili powder, and cumin. Stir to combine.
  4. Create the Sloppy Joe Sauce:
    • Mix in the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste.
    • Pour in the tomato sauce and stir until everything is well combined.
    • Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  5. Assemble the Casserole:
    • Spread the frozen diced potatoes evenly in the bottom of a large baking dish.
    • Pour the Sloppy Joe mixture over the potatoes, spreading it out evenly.
    • Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese over the top.
  6. Bake:
    • Place the casserole in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
    • Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese on top and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted.
  7. Serve:
    • Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.
    • Scoop portions onto plates and enjoy the cheesy, savory goodness.


This Ultimate Sloppy Joe Casserole takes a beloved classic and elevates it to new heights with a comforting, cheesy twist. Easy to prepare and incredibly satisfying, it’s the perfect dish to share with family and friends. Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together or simply craving a hearty meal, this casserole is sure to hit the spot. Enjoy the nostalgic flavors and the convenience of this all-in-one dish!