What to Make with Leftover Sloppy Joes

You know the feeling. You’ve cooked up a big batch of sloppy joes, and now you have leftovers. Unfortunately, you’re not quite sure what to do with them so they don’t go to waste. But before you forget about them for good, give these ideas a try!

what to make with leftover sloppy joes

What Are Sloppy Joes?

Sloppy joes are a type of sandwich that consists of ground beef plus a sauce made from tomato paste, onion, sweeteners such as sugar, ketchup or molasses, vinegar, and spices. Usually, it is served with pickles or you can serve it with coleslaw. The sauce in the sloppy joes recipe is definitely different than typical barbecue sauce because it is much sweeter.

The Mysterious Origin of Sloppy Joes

There are several conflicting stories about the invention of the sloppy joe. Around 1930, Chef Boyardee came up with his own recipe for Sloppy Joe that was very similar to his Spaghetti Sauce. The first written record was in 1930, and the first printed record was in 1939.

Sloppy joes recipe is said to have been invented during the Second World War – also known as World War II – by a cook named Joe at a bar in Sioux City, Iowa. The town of Sioux City holds an annual Sloppy Joe Day every Saturday before Father’s Day where everyone eats and celebrates their love for Sloppy Joes.

A lot of people will say that the sloppy joe was invented at a restaurant owned by a man named Joe in Sioux City. The restaurant, called “Big Joe’s”, had food like hamburgers and steaks on the menu but their most popular dish was the Sloppy Joe.

The original recipe for sloppy joes consisted of ground beef and a sauce made out of tomato paste, onion soup mix, and ketchup. The recipe evolved in the 1940s when it became popular for restaurants to add vegetables such as pickles and celery to their recipes.

Sloppy joes can also be created with other ingredients such as different kinds of cheeses and bacon. Some restaurants also serve sloppy joe hotdogs.

How Should You Store Leftover Sloppy Joe Meat

Sloppy joes are a great meal, but the trouble comes when there are leftovers. You might be tempted to throw away the extra meat and bread, but don’t do it! There are ways to store that leftover sloppy joe mix so that next time you’re craving sloppy joes you have the perfect solution on your hands.

How to store sloppy joe meat

Before anything, be sure that you have cooled down the sloppiness so it is no longer sizzling hot. If it is, let it cool on the counter for a little while until it isn’t anymore. Once cooled down, you can store your sloppiness in a plastic storage bag or even a Tupperware container if that’s what you have. Make sure not to fill up the container more than halfway so there is room for expansion when freezing and thawing.

Freezing sloppy joe meat

If you don’t plan on using it again for a long time, the best way to store your leftover sloppiness is in the freezer. Make sure not to fill up the container more than halfway so there is room for expansion when freezing and thawing. This way you have easy access to your sloppiness for when you need it!

Thawing sloppy joe meat

When thawing out your sloppiness, do so in the fridge . This way there is no concern over bacteria growing in your food. If your sloppiness was in a plastic storage bag or tupperware container before being frozen, make sure to transfer it before thawing to prevent the bag or container from getting wet.

After all this, your sloppiness should be fresh and ready for another round! You could even make something else with your leftovers instead of eating them again. How about sloppy joe nachos? Or maybe even a sloppy joe potato skin? There are many possibilities with leftover sloppy joe mix, so the next time you make a batch of them you can experiment to your heart’s delight!

Recipes/Ideas for Leftover Sloppy Joes

Here are some of our favorite recipes and ideas for you to give a whirl the next time you have some leftover sloppy joes.

Leftover Sloppy Joe Pizza


-leftover sloppy joe meat

-Pizza dough

-Your favorite pizza toppings


Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Roll out dough into a large rectangle. Spread sloppy joes on top of dough, leaving room around the edges for crust. Top with your favorite pizza toppings (pepperoni, green pepper, onion, black olives).

Fold up crust around the fillings and pinch it closed to seal the filling inside the crust. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheesy brown on top. Slice with a pizza cutter and enjoy!

Leftover Sloppy joe Stuffed Shells

Boil pasta shells according to package instructions. Mix together 1/2 pounds of leftover sloppy joe meat with 1 egg, 3 cups of crushed crackers and ½ cup sour cream, salt and pepper. Fill cooked pasta shells with mixture and place in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Top with 1 cup cheddar cheese and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until golden brown on top.

Leftover Sloppy Joe Salad

Combine 2 cups of cooked pasta, 2 cups sloppy joe meat and 1 chopped green pepper. In a separate bowl mix together oil, vinegar, salt and pepper for dressing. Pour over salad and serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Leftover Sloppy Joe Quesadillas

Heat a flour tortilla over medium heat and spread leftover sloppy joe meat on the inside of one half of the tortilla (center). Add chopped cilantro, red onion and shredded cheese. Fold the tortilla in half to cover the filling, flip once with a spatula until both sides are lightly browned. Cut quesadilla into wedges and serve immediately.

So the next time you are frustrated with having too many leftovers and are looking for what to make with leftover sloppy Joes, please refrain from throwing them away! There are so many fun things you can create using this versatile meaty goodness. Let us know if you try any of these ideas with your leftovers and how they turned out!



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