Sloppy Joe French Bread Pizza

This recipe for Sloppy Joe French Bread Pizza was inspired by a friend.  I have an every other week gig on Good Morning Arizona in Phoenix and one of the anchors, Scott Pasmore, was telling me how he loves to make a Sloppy Joe Pizza.  He said it was his culinary claim to fame.  His recipe?  A pre-made crust and canned sloppy joes with ground beef.   He dared me to try it and claimed the kids would flip for it.  Never one to back down from a dare, I went for it, but put my own spin on it with homemade sloppy joes.

Sloppy Joes Pizza


Sloppy Joe French Bread Pizza

The Joes recipe is great served up the traditional way, between two buns on a Monday night.

Once you’ve got the Joe’s ready to go, then all you need is a loaf of French bread, split down the middle. Then spread it with the Joe’s, shredded cheddar and broil it in the oven until the cheese melts.  Of course, you can go with any kind of cheese that you like.

Sloppy Joe Pizza

Then, to really get crazy, I add some garnishes.  When I have a sloppy joe, I like it with dill pickles.  So, I figured, why not chop up some pickles and sprinkle them over the top of the pizza?  I also added chopped scallions for color and a nice onion flavor.

french bread pizza


From there, cut ’em up and serve.  Fair warning, this will feed an army, so it’s perfect for a party, or if you have a gigantic family.

Now, the only question is, how will this stack up to Scott’s Sloppy Joe Pizza?

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Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joe French Bread Pizza

  • Author: Joanie Simon
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x


Sloppy Joe’s done up on French bread with melted cheddar, scallions and pickles for an unconventional pizza dish.


  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 16 oz ground beef (85/15)
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp paprkia
  • 1/2 tsp chile powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tbs prepared mustard
  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • 3 dill pickle spears chopped


  1. Add the oil, peppers and onions to a pot over medium high heat and saute until slightly soft.
  2. Add in ground beef and saute until browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add in tomato paste, tomatoes, brown sugar, paprika, garlic salt, chile powder and mustard and continue to cook until sauce thickens (30 – 60 mins)
  4. Slice the French bread in half and spread sloppy joes evenly over the sliced side of each half of the bread.
  5. Top the sloppy joes with the shredded cheddar cheese and place under the broiler in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  6. Top with chopped pickles and scallions and serve immediately in slices.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: American


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