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Mississippi Sloppy Joe Melts

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You are probably wondering what Mississippi Sloppy Joe Sliders are, and that’s fair enough!   How about amazing deliciousness that your family is sure to love.

Think of what would happen if a Sloppy Joe married a Mississippi Pot Roast, and then they had baby.   What do you get?   The best of all three in one recipe that’s what!  Ground beef in a tangy gravy, topped with melted provolone cheese served on a bun of your choice.

A slider?  A sloppy Joe?  A melt?

Honestly, it’s any and all of these.  Basically the filling is the bomb, and you can choose the type of bread that best suits your needs or taste.

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For a party or a group of teenagers?  I recommend slider buns,

A quick but delicious dinner?  Use garlic bread, lightly baked in the oven, then topped with filling.

Prefer Sloppy Joe style?  Hamburger Buns will work, but Onion Buns will Knock these out of the park.

I also think the filling would be amazing on sliced sourdough bread, slathered in butter and pan fried, like a patty melt in a cast iron pan until crisp on the outside.   I haven’t tried this yet, but if you do, let us know what you think!  #loveonaplate on Instagram, or share a photo on the Love on a Plate Facebook Community, we LOVE to see what you are cooking.

Are these really spicy?

No, not really.   The Pepperoncini peppers add more of a salty, briny flavour than they do heat, though they do have a little kick.   I have found that even my kids pickiest friends will still devour these, as the small amount of heat is nicely offset by the gravy in the filling.

Meal Prepping do’s and don’ts

Can I Freeze the filling?   Yes, absolutely!   Make a double batch, freeze the extra and have it on hand for a super busy night.

Can I cook this in my Slow Cooker? yes and no.   If you make it ahead and freeze it, you can absolutely re-heat it in your  Slow cooker so it’s ready when you get home.  I don’t generally like the texture of ground beef that is cooked from raw in the slow cooker, so I’d avoid that.

Can I cook this in my Instant Pot?  definitely yes!   Use the saute function to quickly brown the beef, add the remaining ingredients and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.  Dinner is done done done!

Want to see how quick and easy this is?  I made it for dinner tonight and did a LIVE Facebook stream while I was at it.



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Mississippi Sloopy Joe Melts

Ground beef in a tangy gravy, topped with melted provolone cheese served on a bun of your choice.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Meal Prep
Servings 6 people


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 green pepper seeded and diced
  • 5 pepperoncini peppers chopped
  • 1 pkg brown gravy
  • 2 Tbsp dry ranch mix
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini juice
  • 1 whole garlic bread cut in half
  • OR

Onion Buns, Hamburger Buns, Slider Rolls


    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.   Place garlic bread in oven and cook until just beginning to get crsip, about 15 minutes.
    • In a medium frying pan heat oil, add diced onion, green peppers and saute for 3-4 minutes until tender.  Add Pepperoncini peppers.
    • Add ground beef and dry ranch dressing to the pepper mixture, and saute until browned and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. 
    • In a small bowl stir together Brown Gravy Mix, 1/2 cup beef broth, 1/2 cup peperoncini pepper 
    • Pour Brown gravy mixture into the pan, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until thickened.   You don't want it to be dry, but not too soupy.  
    • Once ground beef mixture has a nice thick gravy, spoon meat mixture onto each half of the garlic bread or toasted bun of your choice. Top with cheese, return to oven and heat until cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes.    
    • Grab a couple napkins and enjoy!! 
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    By on February 16th, 2019
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