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Topped with fluffy, golden biscuits, this 5-Ingredient Sloppy Joe Casserole is a family-friendly, easy dinner recipe for busy nights! Pair it with a salad or simple green veggie for a quick meal that the whole family will love.

Sloppy Joe Casserole with biscuits on top served with green beans

Sloppy Joe sandwiches are a classic childhood favorite! This Sloppy Joe Casserole recipe takes all of the delicious flavors from the original meal and packages them in an easy, prep-ahead dish. Assemble the ingredients in advance, add the biscuits on top at the last minute, and then just pop it in the oven when your family is ready to eat. No one can resist the sweet and savory barbecue flavor of this hearty ground beef casserole!

Close overhead shot of sloppy joe casserole on a wooden table

How to make Sloppy Joe Casserole with just 5 Ingredients:

This incredibly simple dinner only requires 5 basic ingredients, but I’ve included notes below with suggestions for adding more to the mix if you prefer. Let’s get started…

Ingredients:

Ingredients for sloppy joe casserole

First, prepare the Sloppy Joe filling for your casserole by combining the ground beef, onion and sauce.

Filling for sloppy  joe casserole in a white baking dish

Add a layer of grated cheddar cheese on top…

Sprinkling cheese on top of sloppy joe filling for casserole

…and then prepare the biscuit topping by opening a can of refrigerated biscuits and cutting each biscuit into quarters.

Quartered biscuits on cutting board for sloppy joe casserole

Arrange the biscuit quarters in an even layer on top of the casserole, and your job is done!

Overhead prep shot of sloppy joe casserole before baking

The casserole bakes in a 400 degree F oven for about 15-20 minutes, or just until the biscuits are golden brown and cooked through.

Close overhead shot of wooden spoon scooping up sloppy joe casserole

What goes with Sloppy Joe Casserole?

Serve the casserole with a simple green salad or with any of your family’s favorite vegetables. Good options include:

Close front shot of a serving of sloppy joe casserole topped with biscuits and served with green beans

Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations:

  • If the tops of your biscuits start to brown and get too dark before the biscuit dough is cooked all of the way through, just cover the dish loosely with foil. Continue baking, covered, until the biscuit dough is cooked through.
  • To prepare the casserole ahead of time, put the beef mixture into the prepared baking dish, top with cheese, and keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours (until ready to bake). To bake, just cover the dish and heat in a 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until hot. Then uncover, top with biscuit quarters, and bake for an addition 15-20 minutes.
  • Can you freeze Sloppy Joe Casserole? Yes! You can freeze the dish before baking (but don’t add the biscuits on top until just before you’re ready to bake); or you can freeze the casserole after baking. To freeze a baked casserole, allow the dish to cool to room temperature, cover tightly, and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To bulk up the filling of your casserole, you can add 1/2 cup of diced green bell pepper to the skillet with the ground beef and onion. Try adding 1 teaspoon of minced fresh garlic, too! Canned or frozen corn kernels would also be a great addition!
  • Swap out the ground beef and substitute with ground turkey or ground chicken.
  • To serve a larger family, double all of the ingredients and prepare the casserole in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. The rest of the cooking instructions remain the same.

Sloppy Joe Casserole topped with biscuits and served with a side of green beans in a blue and white dish

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Sloppy Joe Casserole with biscuits on top served with green beans

Sloppy Joe Casserole

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 406.9 kcal
You only need 5 ingredients for this easy biscuit-topped Sloppy Joe Casserole!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (15 ounce) can Sloppy Joe sauce
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion (or ½ of a large onion), diced
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 (16.3 ounce) can refrigerated biscuits, quartered

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink. Drain and return to skillet. Stir in Sloppy Joe sauce and stir over low heat until warmed through.
  • Pour hot beef mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange biscuit quarters in an even layer on top.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until biscuits are cooked through. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • If the tops of your biscuits start to brown and get too dark before the biscuit dough is cooked all of the way through, just cover the dish loosely with foil. Continue baking, covered, until the biscuit dough is cooked through.
  • To prepare the casserole ahead of time, put the beef mixture into the prepared baking dish, top with cheese, and keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours (until ready to bake). To bake, just cover the dish and heat in a 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until hot.  Then uncover, top with biscuit quarters, and bake for an addition 15-20 minutes.
  • Can you freeze Sloppy Joe Casserole? Yes! You can freeze the dish before baking (but don't add the biscuits on top until just before you're ready to bake); or you can freeze the casserole after baking. To freeze a baked casserole, allow the dish to cool to room temperature, cover tightly, and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To bulk up the filling of your casserole, you can add 1/2 cup of diced green bell pepper to the skillet with the ground beef and onion. Try adding 1 teaspoon of minced fresh garlic, too! Canned or frozen corn kernels would also be a great addition!
  • Swap out the ground beef and substitute with ground turkey or ground chicken.
  • To serve a larger family, double all of the ingredients and prepare the casserole in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. The rest of the cooking instructions remain the same.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of the casseroleCalories: 406.9kcalCarbohydrates: 37.3gProtein: 26.8gFat: 17.4gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 57.1mgSodium: 1364mgPotassium: 18.3mgFiber: 3.5gSugar: 8.2g
Keyword: easy ground beef recipe, ground beef casserole, Sloppy Joe Casserole
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

This recipe was originally published in May, 2014. It was updated in February, 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    This looks like a great meal my family will love—thanks for the idea! Thanks, also, for linking up at the Make Bake Create party!

    Blessings,
    Sarah

  2. Love simple recipes for a quick family meal. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday Linky Party.

  3. This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this tonight. Simple and easy, tasty too. The sauce is a bit sweet for our palates, though, so next time I might try using a marinara sauce. I love that you can change it up by adding in different ingredients. This recipe is great to have on hand when time is short! Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Hi Blair ! My youngest daughter has always been a big fan of Sloppy Joes . This recipe sounds like an amazing twist on them , love the addition of cheesse . And , of course , bicuits are always a win- win ! I’m making this for when she sones for supper tonight and l’m sure it will be a big hit !