Cornbread Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

I have been trying to find recipes that my son loves and change them up a little bit.
One of his favorite dinners are sloppy joes, but one can only eat so many of those! So, I decided to add a little variety to our lives and take our favorite sloppy joe recipe and combine it with our tamale pie.The end results were awesome!
My picky eaters gobbled it up and there was no whining or tears all night!

Serves: 6

Cornbread Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

15 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ seasoning (I used McCormick brand)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (14 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (8.5 oz) box Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Heat large skillet on medium-high heat. Add ground beef. When meat is browned, add onions and peppers.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, prepare BBQ sauce by mixing together brown sugar, vinegar, BBQ seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato sauce.
  3. When vegetables are tender, add BBQ sauce to skillet, reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 more minutes and let the mixture thicken up a little bit.
  4. During that time, stir together corn muffin mix, egg, oil, and milk. It will be a little lumpy.
  5. Once beef mixture has thickened up a little bit, spoon it into an 8x8" baking dish. Pour the cornbread mixture evenly on top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with cheese. Let cheese melt for a couple of minutes and then serve.

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25 Responses to “Cornbread Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe”

  1. Cheryl T Moulthrop
    Beautiful family pictures. Your children are adorable. Thank you for the recipes. I have been clipping and saving many of them. This looks like a great variation on my favorite SLoppy Joe recipe from when my kids were young and I had a houseful of hungry teenagers to feed. My kids are grown now and I am a grandma.
    • jessica pickett
      You read my mind meghan :-) this looks amazing, but would love to prep it ahead of time and freeze it. since cornbread freezes well, maybe we could just sprinkle the cheese on top before we thaw and reheat? would love to give this a try!
    • Camille (Six Sisters Stuff)
      Ha ha ha! Oh my gosh, you are totally right! That is hilarious that you made that connection! The joke at my house is that I make the yummy food and he gives us workouts to work it off. :) I am totally telling him that you said this- it will make his day!
    • Camille (Six Sisters Stuff)
      Hi Nichole! I think that the meat mixture would freeze fine, but I would probably leave the cornbread off until it's thawed and then you could whip up the cornbread, spread it on top, and pop it in the oven. :) I hope this helps! Have a good night!

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