These Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes are not your mom's sloppy joes! This simple recipe is packed with big cheesesteak flavor, tender peppers and onions, and melty cheese in every bite! Get ready for a new family favorite!
Crafting homemade Philly Cheesesteaks is often not worth the effort for the average home cook. Ribeye steak can be expensive and it is tedious to thinly slice the meat without a fancy deli slicer. Instead, reimagining the cheesesteak sandwich as a sloppy Joe cheesesteak allows you to incorporate the flavors you love, with a lot less hassle!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Lean ground beef - 90/10 ground beef is ideal. Alternatively, you can make Philly cheesesteaks in the slow cooker with shredded beef.
- Butter - Olive oil can be substituted.
- Yellow onion - A sweet onion is a great substitute.
- Green bell pepper - You can substitute red bell peppers for a sweeter flavor.
- Fresh Garlic - ½ teaspoon of garlic powder can be substituted.
- Ketchup - Tomato sauce can be substituted.
- Worcestershire sauce
- Beef broth -Beef stock is an equally good substitute.
- All-purpose flour - Cornstarch is a great substitute.
- Hamburger buns - Any hamburger bun or hoagie roll will work, but a toasted brioche bun is the best.
- Provolone cheese - If you are a purist, Cheez Wiz is the most authentic and can be substituted. However, many people prefer the melty goodness of provolone cheese blanketing their cheesesteaks instead. I am in the latter camp. Mozzarella cheese is a good substitute as well.
How to Make Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
The key to developing maximum flavor for these Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes is forming a deep brown crust when browning the ground beef in your skillet (cast iron skillet is ideal) set over medium-high heat. Don't be in a hurry to break apart and stir the beef. Instead, let it cook without interference for a few minutes at a time so a proper crust can form. This will add a lot of flavor to the final dish.
Once your ground beef is nicely browned, remove it from the skillet and set it aside. Then add the butter, onions, green pepper, and mushrooms to the skillet and saute them over medium heat until tender. Add your minced garlic last and cook an additional two minutes, or until fragrant.
The ground beef can now be added back into your frying pan along with the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, flour, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to combine.
Bring the sloppy Joe meat mixture to a simmer and cook until the liquid reduces into a thick sauce consistency. The longer you simmer, the thicker it will get. Then serve your Philly sloppy Joes on brioche buns toasted golden brown and top with a slice of Provolone cheese.
Storing & Reheating Leftovers
This Philly cheesesteak sloppy Joes recipe is perfect for making in advance and enjoying throughout the week because it stores well and reheats easily. Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and can quickly be reheated in the microwave. Simply heat until warmed through. Leftover sloppy Joes are best enjoyed within one week.
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Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
- Large skillet
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 yellow onion (chopped)
- 1 green bell pepper (diced)
- 8 ounces mushrooms (chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons all purpose flour
- 6 hamburger buns (brioche hamburger buns are perfect)
- 6 slices provolone cheese
- Crumble ground beef into a large skillet set over medium high heat and cook until a brown crust forms on the beef crumbles.
- Once cooked through, remove the beef from the pan, leaving any rendered fat behind.
- Set the stovetop to medium heat and add onions, pepper, mushrooms, and butter to the skillet and cook until tender, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Then add garlic and cook for an additional two minutes.
- Return the ground beef to the pan, along with beef broth, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, flour, salt, and black pepper. Stir to fully combine the meat mixture.
- Bring the beef mixture to a simmer and cook until the liquid reduces to a thick saucy consistency. If it is too runny, continue cooking to thicken it further.
- Lightly toast the insides of your hamburger buns, then add a large spoonful of the sloppy joe mixture, topping with a slice of cheese. Serve immediately.
This recipe was originally published on July 12, 2017, here at FoxValleyFoodie.com.