Butter Swim Biscuit Sloppy Joe Bake is juicy ground beef cooked to perfection in a tangy and savory tomato-based sauce, topped with buttery biscuits that practically melt in your mouth! It’s a hearty, flavorful, and satisfying meal sure to be a crowd-pleaser! I used a modified version of my popular and award-winning Sloppy Joe Recipe.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Meat: I prefer ground beef for the sloppy joe mixture. However, you could certainly try this recipe with ground turkey or a combination of the two.
Sloppy Joe Mixture: The sloppy joe mixture is made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand! Plus, you know exactly what is going into the mixture, unlike store-bought canned mixes. It’s the same mixture I used in my Garlic Bread Sloppy Joes, which you and your family will love!
Biscuits: The recipe for the biscuits is my butter swim biscuits, which are SO GOOD (and easy to make) on their own. But, I have recently started making lots of recipes with them, from sweet (Butter Swim Blueberry Cobbler) to savory (Butter Swim Biscuits and Gravy) recipes.
Buttermilk: Buttermilk gives you tanginess, rise, and fluffiness in the biscuits that you would not get with milk. It definitely makes a difference!
Can I Make This Ahead Of Time?
Sure! You can certainly get the sloppy joe mixture made in advance. Once cooked, let it cool to room temperature and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to 2-3 days. You can also freeze the beef mixture for up to 3 months!
Can I Use A Different Pan?
Yes, if you don’t have an oven-safe skillet like cast iron, you could use a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Once the sloppy joe mixture is made, pour it into the bottom of the pan. Then, top with biscuit dough. If using a different dish, the baking time may need to be adjusted, so watch it carefully.
How To Store Butter Swim Biscuit Sloppy Joe Bake
If you have any leftovers, don’t let them go to waste! Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave.
Butter Swim Biscuit Sloppy Joe Bake
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped (about ½ cup)
- 1 ½ cups (360 g) ketchup
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup water
- 2 ½ cups (312.5 g) all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- parsley, chopped, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- To a 13-inch oven-safe skillet over medium heat, add the ground beef and onion. Cook until the beef is no longer pink (8-10 minutes). Drain the excess grease.
- Stir in the ketchup, mustard, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and water. Mix until well combined. Set aside while you prepare the biscuit layer.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Pour in the buttermilk and stir until the batter is mostly combined, being careful not to overwork the batter.
- Dollop biscuit dough on top of the sloppy joe mixture. Carefully spread the dough to create an even layer.
- Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the top of the biscuit layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown and cooked through.
- Before serving, brush the top of the biscuits with additional melted butter and garnish with parsley. Serve warm.
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
So fun! I love the ease of this dinner. Sloppy Joes made even easier for the perfect weeknight meal!
This combination is perfect! The sloppy joe mixture seeps into the buttery biscuits for such an amazing bite every time! And, it's easy, so I know I will be making this at home!
Such an easy way to do sloppy joes! It has all the flavor of a sloppy Joe, and those delicious butter swim biscuits!
Simple yet delicious! Classic Sloppy Joe flavors paired with the buttery, soft biscuits!
This is like the answer to all the potlucks you will ever attend. What an easy dish to whip up. So much easier to eat than a traditional sloppy Joe sandwich as well! Delicious!
Sloppy Joes with a butter swim biscuit top can't be beaten. I am not a sloppy joe fan on its own but with butter swim biscuits, it makes everything better!