Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

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Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes will make you forget your childhood canned sauce memories and make you LOVE sloppy joes again.

Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes will make you forget your childhood canned sauce memories and make you LOVE sloppy joes again.

Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes came together pretty organically and randomly for us. We have had Philly Cheese Steak Grilled Cheese sandwiches in our rotation for years (because they are AMAZING) and one day we made up a skillet and…. our bread had become furry.

Gross. Right?

So we had hamburger buns on hand from a hamburger night meal a couple of nights before. The changes I made were just enough to be extra gooey and “sloppy” and only took about a minute.

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We LOVED these Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes!

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Philly Cheese Steak Hamburger Helper Skillet? YES.

  • Cook exactly as described except double the broth (leave the cornstarch the same).
  • Do not rinse your macaroni, the starch will keep the sauce thickened.
  • At the step where you’d add the cheese, instead add the macaroni.
  • Stir it well together and cook for 30 seconds or until thickened.
  • Add in the Provolone Cheese and stir for just a couple of seconds and serve immediately.

This was a second variation of this Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes recipe we ended up making a week after we made these sloppy joes for the first time. I posted a recipe for this too! Head on over after you’re done on this page, its the best pasta dish we’ve had this year!

Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes can also be made in a skillet.

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Want to make these Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes in the Slow Cooker?

  • Add the Ingredients (minus the cheese and buns) to the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Use half the amount of beef broth.
  • If the sauce is not thick add in another 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon room temperature water. Cook for an additional 30 minutes on low.

Want to see how they’re made?

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And if you’re looking for more sloppy joe’s I’ve also published these crazy good Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy JoesPizza Sloppy Joes and Ultimate Sloppy Joes.

Just 30 minutes to make these Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes.

Tools Used in the making of these Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes:
Cast Iron Skillet: This is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Chef’s Knife: This knife is one of the three most used tools in my kitchen (tongs and my pig tail flipper are the other two). I love it, I’ve had it for almost 10 years and it is as sharp today as the day I got it. (left column, second from the top). Mind you I love it this much even though I have a ridiculously expense knife set as well.
Worcestershire Sauce: Do not leave this out or sub it for anything else, this is a main flavor component and this brand is my absolute go-to.
Cheez Whiz: I know what you are thinking, Cheez Whiz? This isn’t even in the ingredients. Yes, I know…because it is a secret guilty pleasure. I add it to the top of my sloppy joes even with the Provolone mixed in. I won’t lie, it isn’t high end, but it is DARN good.



Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

4.82 from 179 votes
  • Yield: 6 sandwiches
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes will make you forget your childhood canned sauce memories and make you LOVE sloppy joes again.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper diced
  • 8 ounces brown mushrooms minced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon  cornstarch
  • cup beef broth
  • ounces Provolone Cheese Slices chopped (use 6oz if you don't want it very cheesy)
  • 6 brioche hamburger buns


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add the ground beef to a large cast iron skillet (this browns very well) and brown until a deep brown crust appears before breaking the beef apart.
  2. Stir the ground beef and brown until a deep crust appears on about 50 or so percent of the beef.
  3. Remove the beef (you can leave the fat) and add the butter and the onions and bell peppers and mushrooms.
  4. Let brown for 1-2 minutes before stirring, then let brown for another 1-2 minutes before stirring again.

  5. Add the beef back into the pan.
  6. In a small cup mix the beef broth and cornstarch together
  7. Add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, beef broth/cornstarch mixture into the pan.
  8. Cook until the mixture is only slightly liquidy (about 75% of the mixture is above liquid), 3-5 minutes.

  9. Turn off the heat, add in the provolone cheese.
  10. Served on toasted brioche buns.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 sandwiches, Amount per serving: 425 calories, Calories: 425g, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 82mg, Sodium: 1048mg, Potassium: 636mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 520g, Vitamin C: 11.9g, Calcium: 382g, Iron: 3.9g

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  1. Made this tonight (doubled the recipe for a crowd) and it turned out AMAZING! I used shredded Provolone and Mozzarella mix instead of the sliced and it worked wonders! I had some of my kid’s friends visiting tonight and those are some picky eaters. One girl came back for SECONDS and my husband came back for THIRDS. He ended up just using it as a dip with chips lol! This will definitely be in my rotation and will share it with friends. Thank you!!!!!!

  2. I have made this a few times my family loves this twist on sloppy joe’s! The one change I made is NOT adding the cheese to the mix but adding the slices to the sloppy joe after it is on the bun… the too the pan method made a horrible mess and they truly were sloppy!

  3. I’ve read quite a few of the comments and I’m surprised how many people modified the recipe. One commented that it was bland?? I’m not a huge fan of hamburger. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how yummy this sandwich is. Full of flavor!!! I followed the recipe, made no changes, and it was perfect. So good I forgot I was eating hamburger!! My family loves it!!!

  4. Can I use Cheddar cheese instead of provalone cheese? Also I don’t like green pepper so could I use red or yellow peppers in place of the green pepper? Also it is just me so could I half this receipe?

  5.  I cooked mushroom caps instead of mushrooms in the hamburger and served it in them rather than bread to avoid carbs.  Also used pepper jack cheese for more spice

  6. I’m a vegetarian and I want to try this recipe with meatless meat crumbles from Trader Joe’s I will give you some feedback. thank you for the rest of it looks wonderful

  7. I made this and thought it was great!  I actually had my first official Philly Cheese when we visited the State about a month ago and your version took me back. Thanks you! 

  8. Ok, I wanna make these for a early afternoon party. I was thinking about precooking the meat and completing all my mise en place the night before. Then tossing everything in the crock pot on high 4 hours before the party. Do you forsee any issues with this approach? I thought about making it completely the day before and just reheating in the crockpot but I worried that it will not be as good.

    1. I haven’t tested it but I think it would work. If you decide to try, I’d love to know how it turned out.

  9. I am making this for church right now. I noticed several folks saying it was a bit bland for their taste. My mom always used Beefer Upper to boost the flavor of her roasts and it’s amazing how much of a difference it makes.

    1. Sorry I don’t have the nutritional facts for recipes on the site but I know there are a lot of free resources on the internet from when I’ve cooked for clients with low calorie diets.

      I hope you enjoy it!

  10. I am giving you 5 stars, and I haven’ t made the recipe. Cooking is my passion. One look at the photo said YES. Make it.

  11. I CAN NOT wait to make this!!! I love Philly Cheese steak anyway you make it so I know that I’m going to LOVE this!! Thank you so very much for the recipes on here!!! I CANT WAIT!!!!!!! 🙂

  12. When I came across your recipe, I KNEW I would love it. It’s a classic twist on traditional Sloppy Joe’s but with the goodness of a Philly Cheesesteak! My husband was skeptical about it but I told him I was going to make it, anyway, because I knew your recipe would be foolproof. As I was cooking everything together yesterday, he kept going on about how delicious everything smelled, and sure enough, when I finished cooking and assembled the Sloppy Joe’s, it was pure perfection! My husband, who is a very picky eater, went on about how amazing the Sloppy Joe’s tasted. He brought leftovers for lunch and said it tasted even better today!

    I’m really surprised in reading comments about how bland others found it to taste. What I made was bursting with just the right amount of flavor without being overwhelming. I even added a few cloves of garlic, just because we love garlic so much. Thank you for this fantastic recipe! This will definitely be a permanent staple in our dinner rotation!

  13. Made this tonight & we really enjoyed it! I added fresh garlic along with the gp,  onion, & mushrooms. Thanks for introducing us to brioche buns!?

  14. This might be a silly question but I am dying to make these. Is a cast iron skillet 100% necessary? We don’t have one :/

    1. It’s not necessary, you could use any other skillet. I just prefer a cast iron because I like the deep crust that it creates while browning the meat.

  15. Wow! I
    Originally saved on FB the stuffed shelled version but since I had everything on hand for the sloppy joe version I did that. Made this last night and the only substitution I made because of the comments (about being bland) was to use a packet of Au Jus. For lunch leftovers today, I picked up a baguette for more substance of a bread and made another packet of Au Jus so I could have the leftover sloppy joe mixture  as a French dip. Amazing. 

  16. It was so easy and so delicious. My husband who is really picky just loved it. Glad my daughter and I found this site. I love trying and making new recipes. Since my daughter works from home I try something new all the time. I love cooking!

  17. I made these sloppy joes and they were delicious. I followed the recipe word for word. I toasted the buns after spreading butter on both top and bottom of sliced rolls using “broil” on my oven. Husband said this is a keeper. It made enough for another meal and still had some left. So I took the remaining sloppy joe mixture and buns to my sister’s. She went crazy over these sandwiches. Will definitely add this recipe to my personal treasured recipe box.

  18. Making this for super bowl today!  Made meat, veggies cheese mixture ahead and will reward when ready.  Really delicious. My husband is very excited for this meal!

  19. I thought this was delicious, but I added extra spices due to family preferences: granulated garlic and onion powders.  I used Better Than Bouillion Lower Sodium beef base. We will put this dinner into our regular rotation for sure. Thanks for the video and for posting the recipe. 

  20. I definitely don’t like bland food, but this was not bland at all! I made a double batch and shared with a friend’s family. We all loved it, kids and adults! I doubled everything exactly, except using a large onion and green pepper rather than 2 small. I used 1 can of Swanson beef broth and one 8 oz package of provolone/mozzarella mix shredded cheese. It was very tasty.

    1. I would like to know if this could be made w ground turkey & chicken broth or vegetable broth as I am very allergic to beef & pork so I absolutely cannot have either of those. Seems like it could work w turkey to me. Have u ever tried it? Which kind of broth would u try using w the turkey? I looked through a lot of comments, but didn’t see that anyone had made it that way unless maybe I didn’t search far enough. If anybody out there has tried it w turkey I would love to hear how it turned out. It sure does look good!!!!

      1. You can definitely substitute with ground turkey, using whatever broth you’d like. I would probably suggest using chicken broth over vegetable just to give it a deeper flavor though. Hope this helps, enjoy!

  21. I loved this! I always hate reading reviews of people who tweaked the recipe but here I go now…I cooked very lean ground beef and seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic, and garlic and onion powder. Once the meat was half way cooked I added my chopped pepper and onion (bypassed mushrooms-ew) right in bc there was no fat/grease due to the meat being so lean. Once the beef cooked I added the butter and then I added the rest of the stuff. I think 8 ounces of cheese would be way too much…I used 6 and that was too much. Next time I will use French onion soup condensed instead of beef broth. 


  22. Made this for dinner tonight! Absolutely fabulous! Quick and easy and perfect for Monday night football! Thank you for sharing, I’ll be fixing this again soon!

  23. Personally nothing more annoying than to see someone complain about someone else’s recipe!!! It was perfect to her so if you thought it was bland..then that is your fault! Can’t be upset with the fact you didn’t want to season your meat! I notice she didn’t season her hamburger like I normally do so I adjusted and did what I liked at that step!! Me I LOVED IT!! TOP NOTCH!! FAMILY APPROVED!!! 

  24. I made the skillet form. It was a hit with my crew.  I doubled the broth and the favor was good.  Next time I’ll have to make it x2 they ate it up. 

  25. My family LOVES this recipe, it’s easy and a nice variety from the usual sloppy joes! I always add a little steak sauce to it while cookiing.

  26. I made this using ground turkey and whole wheat buns. The flavor was phenomenal. I will definitely be adding this to the rotation!

  27. Made these yesterday and was very delicious! Didnt use cheesewhiz just grated some cheeseI. Had leftover gravy from pot roast and added that in. Yummy!will definitely do these again!

  28. My whole family loved these.  The only change I made was adding about a TBS of tomato paste to your recipe because I love the depth it adds. It was wonderful! I think the toasted brioche buns were a great touch. I was skeptical because there were so few ingredients in the sauce, but it was so flavourful. This will be in our regular rotation now.  

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and let me know how much you all loved it, Barb! Winning a spot in regular dinner rotation is a huge compliment in my book!!

  29. I made this tonight and it was a hit! I added two cloves of garlic and also used beef stock instead of  broth, came out perfect!!