These buttery Sloppy Joe Pizza Sliders takes all of the ingredients we love on a supreme pizza and spins them into cheesy mini sandwiches, instead. This spinoff of a classic sloppy joe is a sure fire hit for weekday meals, weekend snacking and tailgating.
Sloppy Joe Pizza Sliders
I love coming up with more ways of enjoying everyday flavors in new ways. Just like any other Mom, I'm constantly looking for ways of keeping my kids interested in mealtime. It's no secret kids love pizza but, trying to get them to eat the kind that includes veggies, therein lies the challenge. They love my smokey joes and taco sliders so, this pizza variation was destined to follow suit. It's filled with Italian seasoned beef and sausage, pizza sauce, veggies and tons of gooey cheese.
Pro Tips for Making Sloppy Joe Sliders
These overstuffed sliders fall into the category of party and football food at our house. The filling is prepared on the stove top and then sandwiched between 2 layers of cheese.
- I use a combination of ground beef and sausage for these sliders but, you may adapt using one or the other, if that's your preference.
- The add-ins can also be adapted to your family's taste. If they prefer green olives over ripe olives, switch them out, Likewise, they can be omitted, if desired.
- For an added layer of flavor, brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. After baking the only thing left to do is pull the sliders apart and enjoy.
- You can view my recipe for homemade pizza sauce here. if you prefer to make your own.
- You may also like this recipe for sloppy joe meatballs from Recipes that Crock.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Sloppy Joe Pizza Sliders
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 small green bell pepper seeded and diced
- 1 cup chopped mushrooms
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 ½ teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- ½ lb spicy or sweet Italian sausage casings removed
- 1 14 oz jar pizza sauce
- 1 4 oz can sliced black olives, drained
- ½ cup pepperoni minis
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese plus 1 Tbsp
- 16 slices mozzerella cheese
- 1 15 oz package potato dinner rolls (i.e. Martin)
- 16 slices mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoon melted butter plus ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet heat a few drizzles of olive oil. Saute the diced onion, green pepper and mushrooms for 5 minutes until softened and beginning to brown. Season with 1 ½ teaspoon dry Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
- Add the ground beef and Italian sausage. Cook over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any excess fat from the pan.
- Add the pizza sauce, black olives, pepperoni minis and ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese. Mix well then remove from the heat.
- Slice the rolls through the middle removing the top from the bottom half. Cover the bottom with cheese, cutting pieces to fit if needed.
- Spread the sloppy joe pizza sauce filling over the cheese, then repeat with another layer of cheese slices. Cover with the top..
- Mix the melted butter with ¼ teaspoon of garlic salt. Brush over the top of the rolls. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese.
- Cover loosely with foil. Bake for 25 minutes then uncover and continue to bake another 5-10 minutes until golden.
- Cut apart and serve.