Easy Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe With Crescent Rolls

If you love the flavor of sloppy Joes, then you’ll love this easy sloppy Joe casserole recipe with crescent rolls.

Last night, I had no idea what I was going to make for dinner. None! I opened up the fridge and saw crescent dough. And suddenly, I knew exactly what to make for the meal.

An Easy Dinner

Sloppy joe crescent roll with cheese on a white plate. The plate is on top of a wooden plate.

A Great Recipe That Brings the Whole Family Together

Sloppy Joes are a classic dinner, but, well, they’re sloppy! While the name gives you fair warning, your family may wind up wearing more of it than they intended.

Or dropping that meaty sloppy Joe filling all over their plates. It takes the sloppy out of the equation while still giving you those yummy flavors everyone loves. 

This sloppy Joe bake is one of those easy recipes that even picky eaters gobble up and it’s not as messy! My kids aren’t entirely picky, but they each went for third helpings!

It’s a good way to put simple ingredients to use. And I hear a lot less complaining when I make this casserole because you can eat it with a fork.

The crescent dough creates a wonderful crust that contains all that savory sloppy Joe meat

Be a dinner winner and make this tonight!

Sloppy Joe with crescent rolls on a plate. There is a fork next to the slice of sloppy Joe.

Ingredients For Sloppy Joe Casserole

  • Ground beef
  • Sloppy Joe sauce
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cans of crescent rolls
  • Sesame seeds

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Sloppy joe crescent roll with cheese on a white plate. The plate is on top of a wooden plate.

How to Make My Easy Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

You only need a few simple ingredients to make my easy sloppy Joe casserole.

I used Manwich sloppy Joe sauce, ground beef, and a package of refrigerated crescent rolls, the kind that is sold in a full sheet that you can tear apart if you like.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Raw ground beef in a skillet.

In a large skillet, brown ground beef.

You can swap the meat for ground turkey or ground chicken if you like. Everything you need can be found in your local grocery store to make this.

If you like things a little spicier, feel free to add some chili powder in there too.

Ground beef in a skillet. The ground beef is mixed in with sloppy Joe sauce.

Once the ground beef is done cooking, drain any excess grease and add the sloppy Joe sauce. Mix well.

A crescent roll sheet in the bottom of a casserole dish.

Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with butter or nonstick cooking spray.

For the bottom layer, line the bottom of the casserole dish with a crescent roll sheet.

You can either buy crescent rolls or crescent sheets. For this recipe, I used the sheets so I wouldn’t have to press each roll together to make a sheet.

Cooked ground beef in a casserole dish on top of a crescent roll sheet.

Next, spread the ground beef and sloppy Joe mixture on top of the crescent roll sheet.

Cooked ground beef, topped with shredded cheese, in a casserole dish on top of a crescent roll sheet.

And go for the cheese! Sprinkle it all over the top of the ground beef mixture.

I used cheddar cheese though you can use Monterey Jack or another kind if you prefer.

A crescent roll sheet on top of ground beef and shredded cheese in a casserole dish.

Spread the crescent roll sheet on top of the cheese.

Sesame seeds on top of a crescent roll sheet.

Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of the crescent roll dough.

I love adding some sesame seeds to the top of the crescent roll. They are like the traditional buns you’d use if you were making sloppy Joes the regular way.

The sesame seeds are optional but a fun addition.

Cooked sloppy Joes in a crescent roll sheet. The dinner is in a large casserole dish.

Bake the sloppy Joe crescent squares for 12 to 15 minutes or until the crescent roll sheet is golden brown.

Optional Additional Ingredients

  • Diced green peppers
  • Jalpeños
  • Red bell pepper
  • Green beans
  • English peas
  • Your favorite veggies.
Sloppy joe crescent roll with cheese on a white plate. The plate is on top of a wooden plate.

How To Store The Sloppy Joe Casserole

You can store the casserole in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap. You will need to keep the sloppy Joe casserole refrigerated.

More Delicious Recipes

Easy Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe With Crescent Rolls

From the first time you make this easy sloppy Joe casserole, it’s instantly going to become a family favorite.

It’s such an easy and rewarding dinner, perfect for a chilly night or just any busy night when you want a hearty meal to feed the family!

But don’t get too attached to those sloppy Joe squares, though. I was counting on some leftovers, but with the kids and my husband going back for extra helpings there was no chance of that. Oh well, I’ll just have to make it again, and soon!

Sloppy joe crescent roll with cheese on a white plate. The plate is on top of a wooden plate.

Easy Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe With Crescent Rolls

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Sloppy Joe casserole recipe with crescent rolls is a great dish for the family. The next time you need an easy recipe, this is the one.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • 15 ounce can of Sloppy Joe sauce
  • 16 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 - 8 ounce cans of crescent roll sheets
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Brown the meat and drain the grease.
  3. Add the sloppy Joe sauce and mix well.
  4. Line the bottom of the casserole dish with one of the crescent roll sheets.
  5. Spread the meat on top of the crescent roll.
  6. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the meat.
  7. Lay the second crescent roll sheet on top of the cheese.
  8. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top of the crescent roll.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 771Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 1128mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 49g

Nutrition is approximate.

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7 Comments

  1. Thomas R Kell says:

    It looks very easy less times consuming

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      It’s a super easy recipe. We love easy recipes here!

  2. SaraBoBeara says:

    I subbed half the ground beef for steamed cauliflower (just trying to sneak in some veggies lol) but otherwise stuck to the recipe and it’s a new family favorite! Hubby & the kids love it! Great recipe, thank you so much

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Such a great idea with the cauliflower. Glad y’all love it!

  3. Larry Fowler says:

    Were there any issues with the bottom crescent sheet cooking properly?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Larry,

      I didn’t have any with mine. Did you have an issue?

    2. @Larry Fowler,
      When I make mine I put the crescent rolls in the bottom of the pan and bake them for about 1/2 the cooking time. Then take the pan out and put the meat on (then I add 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese) then put the top layer crescent rolls on.