Sloppy Joe Casserole

Total Time:
50 mins
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
6 servings
Dish Size:
4 Quart
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September 3, 2013
Tara’s Tidbits®

This recipe is easily doubled. Eat one now, and freeze the other (without the bun topping) for up to one month. When ready to serve, defrost in the refrigerator overnight or take directly from the freezer. Cover and place baker in cold oven; turn oven on and allow baker and oven to preheat together. Bake frozen casserole for 1 hour and uncover, top with buttered buns, and bake for 10 minutes more. If making ahead and refrigerating, cover and bake refrigerated casserole for 40 minutes; uncover, top with buttered buns, and bake for another 10 minutes.

How often are you encouraged and even expected to be messy with your food?! Try this make-ahead, freezer-friendly Sloppy Joe Casserole – a childhood favorite, with a delicious twist. - Tara


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 (29-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 hamburger buns, with a few extra buns put aside
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the pepper, onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon until cooked through and crumbled, about 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer the meat mixture to a 4-quart temp-tations® baker. Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, Worcestershire, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  3. Meanwhile, separate the bun tops and bottoms, place on temp-tations Lid-it® or cookie sheet and toast buns in oven until crisp, about 8 minutes per side.
  4. Remove from oven and place the buns on top of the meat mixture in baker. Brush each bun with butter and sprinkle generously with coarse salt.
  5. Bake casserole uncovered for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve immediately with sliced avocado if desired, letting everyone build their own sandwich.
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