Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes combine the cheesy goodness of a Philly Cheesesteak and the easy classic Sloppy Joe.  It is the best of two worlds, combined!

The perfect Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

For when you can’t decide between a Philly cheesesteak sloppy Joe, combine the best of both worlds with these Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes! They taste like the classic Philly cheesesteaks, but is made with ground beef and served with hamburger buns to resemble sloppy Joes.  Your family will thank you with every cheesy savory bite!

We scarf down two at a time and with our family of 7, I have to triple the batch! I send any leftovers (hardly ever the case) off with my husband for lunch and he says it’s just as good the next day.

What is a Philly Cheesesteak?

Philly cheesesteaks come from, you guessed it, Philidelphia.  However, some folks with roots in Pennsylvania will also claim this fame.  Penny Cheesesteak just doesn’t have the same ring to it, but that is just me.  Regardless of where it came from, the basic structure of this epic sandwich was crispy beef, onions, and cheese in a loaf of bread.  Variations popped up all over, including the Philly cheesesteak sloppy joe.  The main difference between the sloppy joe version and the regular version is the use of ground beef.  A traditional Philly Cheesecake recipe will use steak like rib-eye or top round steaks.

Delicious Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Tips Tricks and Variations

The number one thing I tell people who make this dish is to toast the bun.  Sloppy joes are supposed to be “sloppy” not “soggy”, toasting the bun keeps the juices from soaking into the bun and making it a soggy mess.  The number two thing is to pair it with the perfect side dish, some pickles, some potato chips, or some Classic Country Potato Salad.

Some other variations of this meal include swapping out the bun for a tortilla and making a Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Wrap.  If you have picky eaters, you might want to chop up the green stuff a little finer.  Personally, I like it when I can see and taste the textures of the different veggies in my meals.  Some kids see a green pepper and go running.  That part is up to you!

One final tip, sloppy joes are true to their name.  You can eliminate some of the mess by straining your meat.  After you have browned the hamburger, strain off any excess fat before adding the rest of the ingredients.  This will keep your food moist and not runny.

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Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes combine the cheesy goodness of a Philly Cheesesteak and the easy classic Sloppy Joe. It is the best of two worlds, combined!


  • 1 pound (453.6 g) lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 8 ounces (226.8 g) brown mushrooms, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup (240 g) beef broth
  • 8 ounces (225 g) Provolone cheese slices, chopped
  • 6 hamburger buns, toasted


  • In a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, cook the beef until no longer pink, breaking up large crumbles with the back of a wooden spoon. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beef to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Reduce the heat to medium.
  • To the fat still in the skillet, add the onion, bell pepper, and mushroom. Cook until softened. Stir the beef back in with the vegetables.
  • Stir in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Let cook while preparing the slurry. Prepare the slurry by stirring the cornstarch with the broth in a small bowl until smooth. Pour into the skillet and mix to combine. Allow the mixture to boil until most of the liquid evaporates.
  • Off the heat and add the cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted. Serve warm in between toasted hamburger buns.

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Adapted from Dinner Then Dessert. Photography by The PKP Way.

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  1. I have really limited my carbs and I love sloppy joes and I love mushrooms. I am going to try this using a portabella mushroom rather than a hamburger bun. I think it will be yummy!

  2. 2nd time I made this …. has a lot of flavor nice alternative to regular sloppy Joe’s. My family loved it a few weeks ago when I made it. They asked me to make it again for dinner tonight.

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