Sloppy Joe bake

Sloppy Joe bake

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(59 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4

If you fancy a change from chilli and bolognese, try this new way with mince, topped with crispy garlic bread

Nutrition and extra info

  • if garlic bread not previously frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal498
  • fat25g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre2g
  • protein37g
  • salt2.16g
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  • 500g pack lean minced beef
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped



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  • 2 tsp olive oil
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  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 tsp mild chilli powder, depending on whether you like it spicy
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 600ml beef stock
  • 1 garlic baguette, split into slices



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…


  1. Brown the mince in a non-stick pan for a few mins, then tip into a bowl. Whizz the onions in a food processor until finely chopped (or roughly grate if you don’t have one). Tip into the pan with the oil, then cook for 2-3 mins until soft. Add the spices, cook for 1 min. Return the mince to the pan with the tomatoes and stock, then bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 mins.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 and spoon the mince into an ovenproof dish. Arrange the baguette slices over the mince, then bake for 12 mins until the bread is crisp on top.

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13th May, 2018
Was looking for a family friendly alternative to spag Bol. I typed the American style. This was a big hit with my family we even had seconds! I used a tin of mixed beans as was out of kidney beans we did the American. Very pleased I tried it.
21st May, 2017
Not like the sloppy joe recipes here in the States, but still tasty. We enjoyed it. It needs chopped up green peppers to be closer to the traditional recipe.
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4th Jul, 2015
A good one to have on the recipe list. It's funny because my sons dislikes spag Bol but will eat this (which I think is quite similar to a spag Bol) the only bit I would say if u don't like Soggy bread cook your garlic bread seperatly rather than On top of your mince mix. I don't mind it but I no Some people it's a no no
8th Jun, 2013
I adapted the recipe and used 200ml stock, small tin of kidney beans, hot chilli powder and smoked paprika, really tasty and gave it more of a kick.
25th May, 2013
Made this because the mince was out and couldn't be bothered making a lasagne! I made the American version with Heinz BBQ sauce, additional tomato purée and mushrooms. I chopped the onions with a knife (I don't like graters!) and used all the stock. As I was spooning it into the dish for the oven I was thinking there was far too much stock, but actually it was great over jacket potatoes with cheese. The children loved it, although there were complaints that the bread was 'sloppy' underneath. I will definitely make again but may just use regularly baguettes and not necessarily garlic bread.
20th Apr, 2013
Made this for my husbands 'boys night in' and left them to it!! they loved it and had 2nd's! would def do again! made it with the bbq sauce rather than the chilli powder and it was really nice however i will try the original version next time! nice quick meal for the family or 6 hungry men!!!
6th Mar, 2013
Excellent comfort food and easy to make. Added baked beans, and a squeeze of tomato and anchovy pastes, for a richer flavour. Will do again
19th Feb, 2013
Too watery, and overall very bland!
24th Jan, 2013
My kids love this. It's dead easy to make. I use BBQ sauce instead and a splash of balsamic vinegar instead of spices. I serve it with rice or spaghetti (as well as garlic bread). Great midweek meal that you can freeze too.
19th Jan, 2013
Didn't bother getting my food processor out. Just finely chopped the onions and sauted until soft. Used less stock as suggested and found that this was a great family friendly dish. The garlic bread was a lovely topping rather than potatoes.


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