This Sloppy Joe and Cheddar Biscuit Casserole is a fun, new take on the traditional sandwich you’re probably used to.
I’m always looking for fun and different ways to change up some of our favorite meals. Today’s recipe for our Sloppy Joe and Cheddar Biscuit Casserole is my new favorite dinner time change-up.
While I grew up on the canned version of the Manwich sandwich, I’ve since found a great homemade version, which I posted a while back. Our family loves it and if I can make a double batch and store one in the freezer, I do.
One day when I had a batch of sloppy joes in the freezer, but no hamburger buns around, I came up with this version. Sure I could have run to the store, which is about 2 minutes away to get some, but that’s not so easy to do with a toddler these days. Instead, I tried thinking about how I could make it different and that’s how this casserole came to be.
Of course I had a box of Bisquick in the pantry, because what good Midwestern gal wouldn’t, right? I figured putting the sloppy joe mixture in a casserole dish and topping it with some biscuits would probably taste pretty darn good and guess what, I was right! Add some cheddar to the biscuit dough and it was even better!
Emily just learned the word “cheese” and is over the moon for it, so when she saw the yellow stuff on top she dove right in! Oh and she only likes yellow cheese right now, so I made sure it was cheddar 🙂
The casserole was really easy to make. I’ll take you through all the steps in the recipe below, but if you happen to have one of my sloppy joe mixtures in your freezer, all you have to do is top with the biscuits and bake! If not, don’t worry, because making your own sloppy joes from scratch is really easy to do. You trust me, right?
If you’re looking for something a little different to change up dinner time, this might just be the recipe you’re looking for 🙂 Serve it up with a green salad or maybe some steamed broccoli and dinner is served!
- 1 Tbs olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 lb ground chicken or turkey
- ½ yellow onion, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- ¾ cup ketchup
- ½ cup water
- 1 Tbs brown sugar
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp mustard powder
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 Tbs tomato paste (heaping)
- 1 tsp Worcester sauce
- 1 tsp Hot sauce
- ½ cup + 2 Tbs. Bisquick
- 3 Tbs. cheddar cheese, grated + extra for topping
- ½ cup milk (I used 2%)
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 and spray an lightly spray an 8x8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Pour the oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground chicken (or turkey) and cook, breaking apart, until it's no longer pink. Add the onion, green pepper and garlic. Saute until vegetables get soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add the sauce ingredients: ketchup, water, brown sugar, chili powder, mustard powder, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, worcester and hot sauce. *Note: this sauce could easily be put together the day before and stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container if you want to give yourself a head start on dinner the next day.
- Stir to incorporate the sauce throughout meat and veggie mixture. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. When finished simmering, pour into your prepared 8x8 dish.
- While the sloppy joe mixture is simmering, make the biscuits. Put the Bisquick in a medium bowl and stir in the cheddar cheese. Then stir in the milk until a shaggy dough is formed. Don't worry, it will be a little sticky at this point.
- Turn out the dough to a well floured work surface. Pat it into a square roughly the same size as your serving dish. Cut into 6 squares and lay over the sloppy joe mixture. Top with additional cheddar cheese, if desired.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes, until biscuits look done. Remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes and serve.