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Easy Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

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If you’re looking for a fast and easy weeknight dinner, this Easy Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe is the best. Loaded full of flavor and tons of the sloppy joe sauce that we all love, there is a reason why my family loved it when I made this! Be certain to check out my other easy casserole recipes!

This beef mixture topped with golden brown tater tots is one of my favorite hearty meals to make. It’s a fast and easy way to get dinner on the table where I don’t have to worry about picky eaters!

This comfort food recipe just calls you in. It’s so good and easy to make and each scoop has loads of flavor.

Easy Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

Once you brown the ground beef in a large skillet, you’re literally almost one. Add in some onion and bell peppers (totally optional) and then make up the mixture with the brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. It’s literally just about as simple as that!

My boys crave this recipe because it fills them fully and gives them the energy to tackle the day. It’s one of those recipes that feed a crowd (or hungry teens!) and you’ll still have some leftover for later!

What is the easiest way to cook this tater tot casserole recipe?

All you have to do is follow the recipe below and add it to your baking dish or casserole dish. Fast and simple and so great.

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Make it a Meal:

If you’re ready to start meal planning, join in on the fun! I’ve been meal planning for years and it saves my sanity and time. Below is just one easy sample of how fast and easy you can make it!

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Starch Side: Corn Casserole

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Don’t forget Dessert: Instant Pot Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake Recipe

Best Casserole Recipes:

Once you make this Ground Beef and Tater Tot Recipe, you’re going to love the ease of casseroles. They’re fast, simple, and some of my favorite recipes. I’ve gathered up a few more recipes that I think need to be on your radar as well!

You’ll love the taste of these Hearty Ground Beef Casserole Recipes.

Don’t overlook making these Overnight Breakfast Casserole Recipes!

I love starting off the day with this Easy Breakfast Casserole.

I love making up this Corn Casserole recipe!

Don’t miss out on this Slow Cooker Green Been Casserole!

Whip up this tasty 5-Ingredient Casserole!

It doesn’t get much better than this Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole.

Have do you store leftovers of this hearty casserole recipe?

It couldn’t be more simple! Literally, just pop a lid on your casserole or baking dish and store it in the fridge. Then just cut out a piece and reheat and enjoy.

Make sure that when you reheat this sloppy joe recipe, that you heat it on medium heat or medium-high heat to warm it all the way through. The sloppy joe mixture needs to be heated properly due to the ground meat that is added. This will also help to make the crispy tater tots crispy again.

What I love about this great recipe is that it feeds the whole family! 

What makes a casserole dish qualify as a casserole?

A casserole is a one-dish meal that typically contains meat, vegetables and a starch combined in a sauce or gravy and cooked in an oven.

True casseroles are not merely a combination of components simply layered into a dish; they must contain both appropriate proportions of ingredients and cooking techniques to qualify as casseroles.

To meet the standard definition, the dish also often requires additional seasonings, savory elements such as cheese or breadcrumbs, and other unique flavors for it to be classified as qualifying as such.

For example, layered tacos or nachos are generally not considered traditional casseroles although they can certainly have all the savory elements associated with them.

How do I store leftover casserole?

Storing leftover casserole can appear tricky if not done correctly. The main thing to remember is that food should never be left out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.

It is also important to ensure that any storage container is completely airtight, in order to avoid unnecessary spoilage or contamination.

When transferring the casserole from its original baking dish into the storage container, make sure you evenly spread the food across the entire surface.

This will prevent it from becoming too dry or sticking together when reheated later. The best containers for storing casseroles are made of materials such as glass or ceramic since they are safe for use in both the refrigerator and oven – perfect when reheating your leftover meal!

How do I reheat leftover casserole?

Reheating leftover casserole is a fairly straightforward approach, however there are certain guidelines to follow in order to make sure the dish is safely cooked without becoming dry.

The best idea is to allow the casserole to thaw overnight, either in the fridge or on your countertop.

If time constraints don’t allow for this, you may reheat the dish over low heat directly on the stovetop or by using a double-boiler.

When using an oven, be sure to wrap the casserole tightly with aluminum foil for insulation and keep an eye on it as smaller portions will cook faster than larger dishes.

Lastly, no matter which method is used, reheated casseroles should be heated until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) before being served.

Can I add other ingredients to this delicious casserole? 

Following the steps on the recipe card is what makes this family favorite, but if you want to change the taste of this classic casserole, you can add other simple ingredients. Putting extra cheeses on top of the casserole is a great way to add more flavor to this dish. You can also add chopped bell pepper, extra tomato sauce, diced red bell pepper, more chopped onions, and even some diced jalapenos to kick up the heat. 

What is a great side dish to pair with this traditional recipe? 

I’m all about pairing this dinner-worthly casserole with simple and easy recipes for side dishes. Easy dinners like this are already hearty and delicious, so keep the options to pair with it simply for an easy twist. 

You can pair with a side salad, Caesar salad, or a little bit of steamed veggies. The meat mixture and tater tots are a great comfort food, so cooking light with the side dishes is a simple pro tip to keep balance. 

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Easy Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

Easy Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This casserole recipe is perfection! Fast, easy, and delicious!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package frozen tater tots
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt (Lawry’s)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking dish with nonstick spray.

Cook the ground beef in a skillet and once cooked, take off the heat and add in the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard. Stir.

Put the mixture into the baking dish and add 1 cup of cheese on top.

Put a layer of tater tots on top and spray them with cooking spray and season with the seasoning salt.

Put into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Take out of the oven and top with more cheese. Put back into the oven for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 922mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 22g

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Monday 20th of September 2021

I made this night before last and we really liked it. I had made another tater tot casserole with mushroom soup that I didn't like. But this one beat it by miles. We will be having this again. I'm going to try the taco casserole next!

Kelli Miller

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

YAY! I am so glad you loved it! The Taco one is amazing, too. I am sure you will love it. :-)

Also, you should try this Tater Tot casserole - it is more of a brunch or breakfast for dinner one, but we also really like it:

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