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Sloppy Joes are kind of par for the course for busy families. Usually they fit right in during the rush between practice, homework, and bedtime, which makes them a great go-to dinner. Simply make the beef, stir in the sauce, and dinner’s served. But the thing is, Sloppy Joes are just… so… sloppy. And sloppy dinners means more laundry, and no one wants to do more laundry than they have to. Fortunately, Sloppy Joe Pockets are simple to make and have all the flavor of your favorite easy meal.
This dish starts out as simple as traditional Sloppy Joes. Simply dice one onion and add it to ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. If your family isn’t into onions, feel free to omit them– they aren’t necessary, but they definitely add some flavor. Alternately, consider adding a diced green bell pepper for a little color! This recipe is totally flexible and customizable to fit your family’s taste!
Once you have cooked the beef, drain it. Then add one can of your favorite Sloppy Joe sauce. You can definitely make your own, but the canned stuff works really well and is a simple addition to get dinner on the table fast. Stir well, then stir in cheese until melted. I love to use a colby jack blend, but cheddar is a great choice, also!
Unroll two cans of crescent roll sheets. I like the sheets because I can cut them to the desired size! Simply slice each sheet into six squares and line a greased muffin tin with a square in each space in the tin.
In each crescent square, fill to the top with Sloppy Joe filling. If you have any leftover mixture, feel free to use that for another dish, or serve as a little extra helping of meat for those who like a little extra meat with their dough. Fold over the corners of the crescent to form a simple pocket.
Place these pockets in the oven at the temperature listed on the crescent roll package, for the time listed on the package, until crescent dough is baked and golden brown on top.
You’ll want to let these sit for a couple of minutes before removing them, as the filling will be very hot when it comes out.
These simple little muffin-type Sloppy Joes are great for serving with salad and fresh fruit, or your favorite vegetables. Make it a meal and let the whole family enjoy!
Of course, these Sloppy Joe pockets also make a perfect game day appetizer, since they’re a great hand-held food that isn’t too sloppy after all.
The whole family is bound to love the cheesy, meaty flavor of these and the flaky crust they have. It’s way more delicious than a traditional Sloppy Joe on a bun for sure!
What’s your favorite simple meal?
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Sloppy Joe Pockets Recipe
- 1 medium onion, diced (optional)
- 1 medium bell pepper, diced (optional)
- 2 lb ground beef
- 1 can sloppy joe sauce
- 2 c cheese (colby jack or cheddar work well)
- 2 cans crescent roll sheets, cut into 6 squares each (12 total squares)
- Brown beef, onions, and pepper in skillet over medium heat. Drain.
- Stir in sauce and cheese until cheese is melted.
- Press crescent sheet squares into greased muffin tin.
- Divide meat mixture into each square and fold corners of squares over the top of the meat mixture.
- Bake according to package directions on crescent roll sheets, until crescent dough is golden brown.