10 minutes prep to these tasty Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes! Made with ground beef, peppers, and onions in a smokey, thick sauce, topped with melty cheese! A ground beef Philly cheesesteak, if you will!
A messy mashup that breaks the mold and takes the traditional Sloppy Joe to new levels!
It’s a recipe the whole family will love! I know our family sure did! This ground beef Philly cheesesteak recipe is easily cut in half or smaller families or doubled for a game day party crowd!
Why You Will Love Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
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Ingredients for Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
- Olive oil | Use olive oil to saute the onions and garlic.
- Onion & Garlic | Add diced onions and garlic, garlic powder or jarred garlic may also be used. I prefer yellow onion, but you can use red or white.
- Bell Peppers | Get that classic pepper flavor for the Philly cheesesteak with green pepper and red pepper.
- Ground beef | I use grass-feed, lean ground beef for this recipe! NOM!
- BBQ sauce | Try my Homemade Barbecue Sauce or use your favorite storebought sauce.
- Beef broth | I use organic beef broth or beef stock, do not use condensed beef broth (too salty). I also add organic Beef Better Than Bouillon giving it great seasoning and flavor! Try it in these Smash Burgers too!
- Worcestershire sauce | A classic flavor in Philly Cheesesteaks!
- Salt & pepper | Add kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
- Cheese | I prefer shredded Monterey Jack cheese, which melts best in this dish. Try other faves like provolone and pepper jack cheese.
- Buns | I like Brioche Buns, but any hamburger buns will work, or keep it low-carb and skip the buns.
How to Make Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteak
In a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil, onions and bell peppers to saute for about 5-7 minutes until they become soft. Then, add the garlic and stir for around 30 seconds.
Next, push the veggies to the side of the large skillet (or remove them if you need more room) and cook the ground beef until it’s no longer pink. As it cooks, break it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, then stir together with the onions and peppers.
Pour in the barbecue sauce, broth, bouillon, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper, stirring everything together until well combined. Let the meat mixture simmer for about 10 minutes to thicken the sauce and allow the flavors to meld.
Finally, stir in the shredded cheese just before serving to enjoy it as melty as possible. Top the buns with the cheesy beef mixture, and dig in!
- Before adding more ingredients, drain the excess grease from the ground beef if preferred.
- For the most melty cheese, be sure to shred or grate the cheese from a block of cheese. Pre-shredded cheeses have anti-caking ingredients in them which actually can prevent them from melting.
Want to make these Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes in the Slow Cooker?
First, brown the ground beef in a skillet, then add the ingredients to a slow cooker. Leaving out the buns and cheese, cook the recipe on LOW for about four hours or on HIGH for two to three hours.
Then, thicken the sauce with a cornstarch and water slurry, if desired, and continue cooking for another 30 minutes. Mix in the shredded cheese in the last 15 minutes, then keep it warm until ready to serve, or add to the buns and enjoy!
Substitutions and Variations
- Mozzarella cheese, white American cheese, or a slice of provolone cheese are also excellent choices for this recipe. A traditional Philly cheesesteak uses Cheez Wiz.
- Add a satisfying crunch with a toasted brioche bun, by placing the buns cut side up on a baking sheet and toast until golden brown.
- If you like buttery toasted buns, in a clean skillet, melt a tablespoon of butter over medium-low heat. Place the buns, cut side down on the melted butter, and let stand to toast for a couple of minutes.
- For a variation, you can add mushrooms with the onions and peppers to the beef mixture.
- If preferred, swap the brioche bun for a Hoagie roll or hamburger buns. Or make minis with Hawaiian King roll slider buns.
- A dash of hot sauce is a great way to bring some heat to the saucy sandwiches.
- Replace the ground beef with ground turkey for a healthier alternative.
- Dairy-Free Sloppy Joe’s | Either leave the melted cheese off or replace it with your favorite dairy-free cheese!
Low-Carb Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
This recipe is naturally gluten-free and keto when you leave out the buns and optional cornstarch. Double-check your Worcestershire sauce and purchase sugar-free BBQ sauce.
Refrigerate – Save the delicious leftovers without the buns in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. Or frozen for up to 3 months!
Reheating – To enjoy again, heat the sloppy joe Philly cheesesteak filling in a skillet on the stove, adding a splash of water to moisten the ingredients.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sure! Cool the sloppy joe mixture completely, place it in an airtight container, and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat the filling by thawing in the fridge overnight, then heating over medium heat on the stove.
Essentially, a Sloppy Joe, named after its creator, Joe in Sioux City, is a saucy meat sandwich made with loose ground beef, onions, tomato sauce, and other seasonings on a hamburger bun.
An authentic Philly cheesesteak consists of thinly sliced steak, chopped, and topped with cheese and sometimes onions and peppers.
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Easy Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes (Ground Beef)
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 small green bell pepper diced
- 1 small red bell pepper diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed, or replace with 1 teaspoon garlic powder or jarred garlic
- 2 pounds lean ground beef I used grass-fed 90/10
- ⅓ cup BBQ sauce store-bought or homemade
- 1 cup beef broth not condensed beef broth, it's concentrated and too salty
- 1 teaspoon beef better than bouillon or a beef bouillon cube
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese shredded, best if hand shredded, packaged cheese doesn't melt fully
- 6 Brioche Buns or keep it low-carb and skip the buns
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until warm. Add the onion and bell peppers and saute until the veggies become soft, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add the garlic (3 cloves) and saute for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
- Push the onions and peppers off to the side of the pan, and cook the ground beef (2 lbs) until no longer pink, breaking it with a meat chopper or wooden spoon as it cooks and blending it with the onions and peppers.
- Add the bbq sauce (⅓ cup), broth (1 cup), bouillon (1 tsp), Worcestershire (1 TBL), salt (1 tsp), and pepper (½ tsp), and stir everything together to combine it well. Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes while the sauce thickens and the flavors meld.
- Just before serving, stir in the shredded cheese (8 ounces). Top each bun with the beef mixture and enjoy! *If desired, toast buns with a little butter in a pan/griddle or place cut side up on the baking sheet and toast at 350° F (175° C) for 3-5 minutes.
Storage TipsRefrigerate – Save the delicious leftovers without the buns in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. Or frozen for up to 3 months! Reheating – To enjoy again, heat the sloppy joe Philly cheesesteak filling in a skillet on the stove, adding a splash of water to moisten the ingredients. Variations & Substitutions
- I prefer using grass-fed lean ground beef, such as 90/10. If you use a high-fat percentage, drain off the grease after cooking it.
- The thickness of the sauce could depend on the fat content in your meat. If the sauce is too thin, you can thicken it with cornstarch. Mix 2 teaspoons of cornstarch and 2 teaspoons of room temperature water. Stir it into the sauce after the 10-minute simmer time.
- Use your favorite BBQ sauce or try this homemade sauce.
- The ‘Better Than Bouillon’ adds depth of flavor to the sauce, and this paste version is tastier and better for you than the dried cubes, I used this in my Smash burger recipe.
- Traditionally, a Philly Cheese Steak is served with provolone cheese; I’ve changed it up to Monterey Jack in this recipe. Feel free to get creative with the cheese and use your favorite.