Sloppy Joe Cups

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These Sloppy Cups, or Sloppy Joe Cups, are a fun, new way to enjoy Sloppy Joes. The kids love having their own little cups on their plates!

Sloppy Joe Cups

I got this idea from my good friend, Lexi. Her family grew up having these (her family actually calls them “bear claws” but I didn’t want to confuse anyone searching for pastries so we will call them Sloppy Joe Cups). They are delicious! It’s basically just a fun and different way to have Sloppy Joes. One of my favorite things about them is they aren’t quite as sloppy as Sloppy Joes but the kids gobble them up just the same! I love the taste of the biscuit with the sloppy Joe mix and  the melted cheese over the top. Definitely worth a try if you are in the mood for a quick and easy (and cheap) dinner!

Life Outside the Bun

There are a lot of ways people are trying to live outside the bun these days. Not that we think there is anything wrong with a bun! But for those cutting carbs, using a lettuce leaf for one, or both, sides of your hamburger, it can be a tasty way to still take part in the backyard barbecue. However, in the case of these Sloppy Joe Cups, we’re not looking to change the carb count, we just love the idea of making something unique and fun based on a very traditional meal.

Sometimes all you need to take dinner from ordinary to super-exciting is to mix up one of the key ingredients. In this case, the bun. Just watch how much fun it is for kids to try something that seems just a little more creative than you usually serve.

Served on the Side

If you’re looking for a fabulous side dish to serve with your Sloppy Joe Cups, we have a few in mind. How about a fresh, crunchy KFC Coleslaw? Other ideas include our Grilled Fruit Kabobs with Key Lime Yogurt Dip, or a light, refreshing and delicious Easy Fruit Pizza. We have even more ideas for the best side dishes at your next barbecue here.

How To Make Sloppy Joe Cups

Sloppy Cups

5 from 9 votes
These Sloppy Cups, or Sloppy Joe Cups, are a fun, new way to enjoy Sloppy Joes. The kids love having their own little cups on their plates!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12



  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 cans refrigerated biscuit dough
  • 2 c. sloppy joe sauce (homemade or canned)
  • shredded cheddar cheese (I like sharp cheddar best)


  • In a large skillet, brown beef and onion. Add sloppy joe sauce and simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes. 
  • While beef mixture is simmering, open biscuit dough and press individual biscuits into a greased muffin tin forming a “cup”.
  • Place a scoop of beef mixture into the center of each biscuit cup and bake at 350-degrees for about 15-20 minutes (take them out when the edges are a deep, golden brown). 
  •  Immediately top with cheese, then serve!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 427kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 14gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 904mgPotassium: 361mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin C: 1.4mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 4.1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a brilliant idea! We love sloppy joes, but don’t love how sloppy they are, lol. I think this is the perfect solution for us!

  2. 5 stars
    What a great recipe for busy nights! So quick and flavorful too! I will definitely be making this again this week!

  3. Just made these for lunch for my daughter and my fiance and I and OMG these are amazing. I think next time I’m going to add some corn! Your recipes are soo delicious. I am constantly on pinterest looking at all your pins for something new to make for dinner!

  4. 5 stars
    These reminded me of a recipe my mom made in the 1960’s (I think from a Pillsbury Cook-Off Cookbook) but barbecue sauce was exchanged for the sloppy joe sauce. They were a favorite with all of us kids. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane.

  5. Have you ever turned the muffin tin over and pressed the biscuit over the muffin cup? perfectly shaped cups!

  6. 5 stars
    Made these last night. They were delicious! Thanks for some good recipes, I look at your website weekly to see if there is something new for me to try. I love your recipes!

  7. I love Sloppy Joe's – one of the favorite things my mom makes! These look delicious and kind of fun, too!

  8. yum! My husband's family made these ALL the time growing up but instead of sloppy joe sauce they mixed the beef with BBQ sauce (so delicious) 🙂 TRY IT!!!