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Easy Sloppy Joe Biscuit Cups

These delicious Sloppy Joe Cups are made from refrigerated biscuits or cornbread muffins that have been filled with sloppy joe meat, topped with cheese, and baked to perfection! Great for parties, family gatherings, or game nights, these simple but delicious cups are a lifesaver for last-minute meals or snacks!

sloppy joe cup cut in half

Sloppy joes are a classic American dinnertime favorite for the whole family, I haven’t met anyone who didn’t enjoy a sloppy joe! While they are so tasty and also so easy to make, there is a setback and it’s in the name – they’re sloppy! 

Picking up a soft burger bun filled with hamburger mince in a tomatoey sauce, topped with barbecue sauce, is so messy. As a kid, there’s nothing more fun to eat than a messy meal, but these sloppy joe biscuits are the way forward. Alongside Homemade Potato Skins, these are the cleanest and handiest way to get your comforting sloppy joe fix!

With all of the classic sloppy joe flavors contained in buttery biscuit or cornbread muffin cups, this recipe is the best. Ready in less than an hour, these biscuit sloppy joes are great for snacking, lunches, and dinner, and are perfect for parties too. 

Why this recipe is awesome

  • They’re ready in under an hour.
  • You get all of the classic flavors of sloppy joes without all of the mess.
  • They’re loved by kids and adults alike, so family mealtimes just got easier!
labeled picture of ingredients

Ingredients Needed

Broth – Beef broth is so flavorful and will add a delicious depth to the dish. You can use chicken or vegetable broth if that is all you have on hand.

Beef – I prefer to use lean ground beef, but use whatever kind of beef you prefer. 

Cornbread muffins or buttermilk biscuits – I have used both of these in the past to make this recipe and they’re both delicious. Cornbread muffins make them a little bit sweet but it’s delicious. If you prefer them more savory, use any kind of biscuits you like.

Cheese –  I’ve used cheddar cheese but any cheese will work with these.

Spices – Garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar

Condiments – Ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard

How to make Biscuit Sloppy Joes

FIRST: Preheat the oven to 375° and prepare muffin tins.

SECOND: In a large skillet brown the ground beef over medium high heat until no longer pink. Stir in all other ingredients to make a sauce and simmer for a few minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.

THIRD: Press the biscuit out flat, then press it into the muffin cups. Repeat with the remaining biscuits then fill each muffin cup with sloppy joe meat. Sprinkle with cheese.

FOURTH: Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown. Lift a muffin and check the bottom of the cup to see if it is browned. Remove the muffins from the pans and serve.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

plate of sloppy joe cups

What is the difference between and Sloppy Joe and Manwich?

Manwich is a brand of sloppy joe sauce used to make sloppy joes, but it can easily be made from scratch as well, as I have done in this recipe, 

How do you keep Sloppy Joes from getting soggy?

Sloppy joes can be a handful because they make buns soggy until they fall apart. You can toast the buns before putting in the beef mixture, but sloppy joes will ultimately remain sloppy! However, these biscuit sloppy joes manage to avoid going soggy as biscuits tend to be a bit more robust than bread rolls. 

Best biscuits to use:

Southern Style buttermilk biscuits will have a buttery and slightly sweet flavor to them, whereas traditional biscuits have a more subtle flavor. I have used Pillsbury Southern Homestyle biscuits because I love their buttery flavor!

How to store and reheat:

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Leftover sloppy joe sauce or meat mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days if properly covered.
Close up of sloppy joe cups with melted cheese on top.

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • You can wait and add cheese to the cups toward the end of the baking time or fresh and hot out of the oven.
  • If you want them a little sweeter, the Cornbread muffins taste delicious. If you prefer more savory, use any biscuit that you like.
  • For some extra veggies, add some finely diced bell peppers or mushrooms to your sloppy joe mixture.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, please write a five-star review in the comment section below (or on Pinterest with the “tried it” button – you can now add pictures into reviews, too!), and be sure to help me share on facebook!

A plate of sloppy joe biscuit cups with a text box on the top with the title 'Super Easy Sloppy Joe Cups'.

These sloppy joe biscuit cups are so easy to make and they are a big hit with adults and children, making them perfect for your next summer party. Be creative and make them your own by adding vegetables, your favorite sauces or garnish to the top for an extra special finish!

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Sloppy Joe Biscuits

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These delicious Sloppy Joe Cups are made from refrigerated biscuits or cornbread muffins that have been filled with sloppy joe meat, topped with cheese, and baked to perfection!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 2 cans cornbread muffins or buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° and spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet until no longer pink. Drain fat if desired.
  3. Stir in the garlic powder, onion powder, ketchup, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and mustard. Cook till hot and bubbling. Remove from the heat.
  4. Open the can of biscuits and gently roll or press a biscuit flat to make it slightly larger. Press into the muffin cup making sure to press down into the edges of the cup to avoid bubbles. Repeat with the remaining biscuits.
  5. Fill each muffin cup with sloppy joe meat and sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the meat is bubbling and the biscuits are light golden brown.
  7. Remove the muffins from the pans and serve warm.

Notes

  • You can wait and add cheese to the cups toward the end of the baking time or fresh and hot out of the oven.
  • If you want them a little sweeter, the Cornbread muffins taste delicious. If you prefer more savory, use any biscuit that you like.
  • For some extra veggies, add some finely diced bell peppers or mushrooms to your sloppy joe mixture.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 326Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 527mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 20g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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    Shelly

    Wednesday 1st of June 2022

    These are so delicious and handy to eat!

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