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Unsloppy Joes Recipe

These unsloppy joes could be called various names – sloppy joe hot pockets, sloppy joe hand pies, sloppy joe enpanadas, sloppy joe crescent rolls ups…

All I know is that they’re yummy in my tummy and the least messy way to eat sloppy joes!

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Plus, we really enjoy hand-held food around here whether it’s Puerto Rican picadillo empanadas or pizza empanadas for dinner.

I certainly appreciate the sauciness of sloppy joe sandwiches, but I prefer my food in my mouth, not all over the plate.

These sloppy joes with crescent rolls are the best way to eat them and using crescent rolls tastes way better than a regular old bun!

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Enjoy them for lunch, dinner or a gameday appetizer!

To make this easier, I used a can of sloppy joe sauce. I usually make my own, but you can’t beat the convenience of one can!

Brown the ground beef, drain excess grease, add the sauce and simmer until thick.

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Next, mix in shredded cheddar cheese until melted.

You can even leave out the cheese if desired. But that’s crazy talk!

To make the individual pies, I used 2 cans of crescent roll SHEETS. Not the rolls, the whole sheets.

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Unroll the rectangle and cut each one into 4 pieces. Easy peasy with a pizza cutter.

You will have 8 small rectangles of dough.

Divide the meat mixture among the crescent pieces.

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I used a large cookie scoop (about 1/4 cup) and it turned out to be the perfect size.

Place the meat on one half of a rectangle, then fold the other half over the meat. Pinch the 3 ends to seal, or crimp with a fork.

I used my silicone baking mats to ensure the unsloppy joes wouldn’t stick to the pan when baking.

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This recipe was tested by the husband and he heartily approved!

Plus, leftovers packed up well for an easy lunch the next day which is another win!

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Unsloppy Joes Recipe

Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski
Sloppy Joes get a helping hand from crescent rolls – you can hold these cheesy Unsloppy Joes in one hand without any mess!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 2 hand pie
Calories 903 kcal


  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 15 ounce can Sloppy Joe Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 8 ounce cans Seamless Crescent Dough


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats; set aside.
  • In a large frying pan, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat. Drain excess grease.
  • Add sloppy joe sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in the cheese until melted. Let cool.
  • While the filling is cooling, unroll crescent roll sheets. Cut each sheet into 4 equal pieces. You will have 8 smaller rectangles.
  • Place about 1/4 cup of the meat onto one half of a rectangle. Fold the other half over the meat and crimp the 3 open edges to seal. Repeat with remaining 7 pieces of dough.
  • Place on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.


Calories: 903kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 46gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 18gSodium: 1734mgFiber: 4gSugar: 20g
Keyword Baked, Baking, Cheese, Easy, Easy Dinners, Easy Lunches, Ground Beef, Make Ahead, Pastry, Puff Pastry, Sauces
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