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These Easy Open-Faced Pizza Sloppy Joes come together quickly and easily even on the busiest of nights! Make a double batch to keep some in the freezer for any time!
This post originally appeared on my blog in September 2014. I’ve updated the photos and content a (tiny) bit but it still remains a family favorite!
I’ve been making this Simple Open-Faced Pizza Sloppy Joes recipe for so long I can’t believe I’ve never shared it with you all! (well, I did share a sneak peek on my Instagram account last week that it would be coming to the blog soon!) It’s something a friend shared with us years ago when she was part of our Freezer Meal Exchange Group. It is SUPER easy to make up on a busy night and have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. I like to make it in big batches, too, so that I can keep some in the freezer and pull them out to thaw, heat and eat on extra busy nights. Tip: freeze them in muffin cups then pop out and store your “cups” in a ziptop bag in the freezer so you can pull out just what you need to heat and eat!
We like to eat these Easy Open-faced Pizza Sloppy Joes as an open-faced sandwich and serve with a side salad or just sliced fresh vegetables like carrots or cucumbers to make it a quick and easy dinner option but you can serve it like a more traditional sloppy joe sandwich with the top bun too. It’s also great to take as a lunch to be assembled right before eating.
And with the flavors of pizza (that is, if you like pizza without pepperonis), it’s sure to become a quick family favorite too! You can add these Pizza Sloppy Joes to some of our other favorite pizza-inspired recipes like these Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizza Bites or these Pizza Quesadillas. There’s not much else to say other than you need to give these a try right away!
Simple Open-Faced Pizza Sloppy Joes (Make-ahead too!)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 4.25 ounces black olives chopped (you can find these canned with the other olives in grocery store)
- 1/2 cup red onion chopped
- 1/2 cup green bell pepper chopped; also may use orange, red or yellow bell pepper
- 1 teaspoon Italian herb you can find this in the grocery store near the spices
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash ground black pepper
- 2 cups Italian blend cheese shredded
- 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 4 hamburger buns we like the whole wheat kind
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In sauté pan, brown hamburger until cooked through.
- Add tomato sauce, olives, onion, bell pepper, Italian herbs, salt and pepper and stir until well blended.
- Stir in shredded Italian cheese until melted.
- Once the mixture is all melted you are ready to spread on the hamburger buns and add mozzarella and then bake at 325 for 5-8 minutes.
- Turn to low broil to get the topping a little bit golden brown.
- SERVING SUGGESTION:
- We like to have these with carrot sticks, sliced cucumbers or a side salad.
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