Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes to Celebrate with Your Friends and Family – A Perfect Combination

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This Philly cheese steak sloppy Joes recipe is a combination of the most loved sandwiches of all time, namely, the Philly cheese steak and the sloppy joe.

The Philly cheese steak or the Philadelphia cheesesteak is a long hoagie roll sandwich that contains thinly cut pieces of beefsteak and melted cheese. It was created in South Philadelphia by a hot dog vendor named Pat Olivieri.

On the other hand, the sloppy joe is a sandwich or hamburger bun that contains ground beef or pork with onions seasoned with tomato sauce or any ketchup and spices. It was created by a cook named Joe in 1930s at Sioux City, Iowa.

The origin of the name “sloppy” is from “loose meat” sandwiches. Now, both sandwiches are popular and are celebrated by all, both young and adults, during social gatherings. Adults usually pair it with a nice cold drink like beer.

Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

In this recipe, you will learn on how to make homemade Philly cheese steak sloppy joes. You can finally make this sandwich on your small to large gatherings or on a simple meal/snack together with your family.


The following are the ingredients of Philly cheese steak sloppy joes:

  • A pound of ground beef.
  • A teaspoon of vegetable oil.
  • A diced medium onion.
  • A diced medium green bell pepper.
  • A cup of beef broth.
  • Two tablespoons of ketchup.
  • A tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.
  • Salt and pepper (Add to your liking).
  • A tablespoon of cornstarch.
  • Six ounces of sliced/in chunks provolone cheese.
  • Eight buns of hamburger.
  • A tablespoon of butter (optional).


Below are the 14 simple steps in making Philly cheese steak sloppy joes:

  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet or nonstick pan on medium-high.
  2. Place the vegetable oil on the pan.
  3. Put the ground beef on the pan.
  4. Cook and stir the beef until mostly browned (at least three to five minutes).
  5. Remove the accumulated fats.
  6. Put the diced onion and green bell pepper.
  7. Mix well until the onions are translucent (at least two to three minutes).
  8. Add the beef broth then the ketchup, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
  9. Test the flavor of the mixture and add more seasonings according to your preferred taste.
  10. In a separate container or cup, mix the cornstarch and a tablespoon of water.
  11. Add the cornstarch/water mixture to the pan. Ensure to constantly stir until the mixture thickens. Wait until the mixture is thick enough that it starts forming mounds.
  12. Remove the pan from the heat.
  13. Add cheese to the pan then mix gently until it has melted. On the other hand, butter and then toast the hamburger buns.
  14. Once done, scoop the cooked beef mixture in between the buns. Serve immediately.

Always take note that you should not dry out all the sauce/liquid in the pan. At least you have to retain about 10% to 15% of the sauce/liquid. The sloppy joes taste and feel better when it is thick and moist. Applying butter to your buns is optional, but doing so will provide an extra kick to the flavor of your sloppy joes.

Recipe Notes

You can do several variations in the recipe, and your Philly cheese steak sloppy joes will still taste good. For the hamburger buns, you can actually substitute it with tortillas or burrito wraps.

You can also opt to serve this recipe mixture, excluding the buns, with pasta, rice, or baked potatoes. On small gatherings with your loved ones, the Philly cheese steak sloppy joes are best to serve together with pickles, fries, potato salad, or chips on the side. The Philly cheese steak sloppy joe is a heavy dish, so expect that its nutritional contents are pretty heavy too.

For this recipe, it contains 331 calories, 135 calories from fat, 23% total fat, 17% cholesterol, 25% sodium, 8% potassium, 9% total carbohydrates, 40% protein, 6% Vitamin A, 26% Vitamin C, 23% calcium, and 15% iron.

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