Try these Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes for a new twist on the classic cheesesteak sandwich. If you don’t think you like sloppy joes, these might change your mind!
This delicious and easy-to-make recipe has all the flavors of a Philly cheesesteak, but is easier to make, as well as more economical. My family LOVED them, and I bet yours will too!
I enjoy the chicken gumbo sloppy joes that I grew up with, but I think I might like this version even more. It is so rich and savory, has great flavor from the peppers, but most important – the CHEESE!
If you know me, you know that I adore cheese. Sometimes I think it might be my love language. So a layer of melted cheese on a sloppy joe is definitely going to make me happy!
HOW TO MAKE PHILLY CHEESE STEAK WITH GROUND BEEF
- PREP – Wash and chop the vegetables; set aside.
- MEAT – In a large skillet with a lid, brown the ground beef over medium high heat. For best flavor, I like to let it sear before breaking it apart.
- VEGGIES – Add the diced onions and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the diced pepper and sliced mushrooms, cook and stir another 2-3 minutes.
- SAUCE – Stir in the garlic, worcestershire, salt, pepper, and bouillon. Whisk the water and cornstarch until smooth; stir into the skillet. Cook uncovered for 3-4 minutes, or until the mixture starts to thicken.
- CHEESE – Arrange the provolone cheese over the meat mixture. Turn off the heat and cover the pan with a lid until the cheese melts.
- BUNS – While the cheese is melting toast the buns. Spread them with butter and lightly brown either in a hot skillet or under a broiler.
- SERVE – Divide the meat mixture between your six buns. Serve immediately with your choice of sides. Enjoy!
- Make sure your pan is nice and hot so you can get a good sear on your ground beef. Adds so much flavor!
- Don’t skip the worcestershire sauce. It is a key element in this recipe, and without it your sloppy joes will lack flavor!
- Toast the buns! Not only does it add a nice flavor, it keeps the buns from getting soggy. And no one wants a soggy, wet bun. 🙁
What to serve with Philly cheesesteak?
- Potatoes are an obvious choice. We love oven baked fries or roasted sliced potatoes, but any potato dish would be tasty.
- A simple side of dill pickles, veggies and ranch dip is quick and easy.
- Coleslaw, a simple green salad, or bacon broccoli salad are refreshing and healthy.
- My kids are always thrilled when this cheesecake fruit salad makes an appearance at our table.
- Really in a hurry? Just add some chips and watermelon or other fresh fruit.
PHILLY CHEESE STEAK SLOPPY JOES VARIATIONS:
- We like provolone cheese, but Cheese Whiz is another popular cheese for cheesesteak, so you can use that instead. You can either pour it into the pan, or just drizzle it over the meat on the individual sandwiches.
- I used green bell pepper this time around, but my family actually prefers red or yellow peppers. They are sweeter, and so tasty!
- For a more traditional sloppy joe flavor, add 2-3 tablespoons of ketchup. I was going for cheese steak flavor, so I didn’t add any.
- If you can find pretzel or brioche buns, they are extra tasty.
- For a bit of heat, add some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.
- Have a family of mushroom haters? Simply omit them.
PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SLOPPY JOE RECIPE
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 cup diced onion (1 small onion)
- 3/4 cup diced green pepper (1 small pepper)
- 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp beef bouillon
- 3/4 cup cold water
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 6 ounces provolone cheese
- 6 hamburger buns
- 1 Tbsp salted butter
- Dice the onion and green pepper. Slice the mushrooms and mince the garlic.
- Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat, letting it sear on both sides before breaking it up.
- Turn the heat to medium and ad the onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until onion starts to get tender.
- Add the green pepper and mushrooms, cook and stir for 2-3 more minutes.
- Stir in the garlic, worcestershire, salt, pepper, and bouillon.
- Whisk together the water and cornstarch, then pour into the skillet.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes uncovered, or until slightly thickened.
- Arrange the cheese slices over the top of the meat mixture. Turn off the heat and cover the skillet with a lid. Let sit until the cheese melts.
- While the cheese is melting, spread the buns with butter. Either toast them in a hot skillet, or place them on a cookie sheet butter side up and broil them until lightly browned.
- Divide the meat mixture between the six buns. Serve immediately.
-Buttering and toasting the buns is optional, but so worth it!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 871mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 35g
If you don’t want to hassle with cutting thin strips of steak, try this philly cheese steak with ground beef instead. Dinner doesn’t get much easier!