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Pepperoni Pizza Sloppy Joes

These incredible Pepperoni Pizza Sloppy Joes have me obsessed! They’re such a fun twist on pizza night and are so easy to make.

Imagine all the best parts of a pepperoni pizza but in messy, drippy Sloppy Joe form. It all gets piled high on a soft bun. It’s pure indulgence!

Savory pepperoni pizza sloppy joes, featuring seasoned ground beef, Italian sausage and melted cheese
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Oh man, this concoction is a game-changer! I topped mine with extra pepperoni Parmesan. When it comes to cheese, more is always better!

This recipe is an absolute must for any pizza lover. 

Why You’ll Love These Pepperoni Pizza Sloppy Joes

You’ll totally fall in love with this incredible recipe, and here’s why:

  • Flavor Fusion: The blend of classic Sloppy Joe flavors and the irresistible taste of pepperoni pizza is so unique.
  • Busy Night Lifesaver: It’s a quick and easy one-skillet meal. It comes together in 30 minutes or less.
  • True Crowd-Pleaser: It’s perfect for pizza lovers and Sloppy Joe fans, making it ideal for parties.
  • Nostalgic Memories: They’ll remind you of carefree childhood days and school cafeteria lunches.


Here are the simple ingredients needed  to make these Sloppy Joes:

  • Ground Beef: It’s the beefy base of the dish.
  • Italian Sausage: It adds an extra punch of savory, fennel-spiced flavor.
  • Onion and Garlic: The aromatic duo brings depth, warmth, and zest.
  • Green Bell Pepper: It provides a fresh crunch and a pop of color.
  • Seasonings: Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper are all you need.
  • Pizza Sauce or Marinara Sauce: The tomato-based sauce ties all the pizza flavors together.
  • Black Olives: They add a briny, savory punch if included.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: It adds a savory, umami depth of flavor.
  • Pepperoni: The star of the show makes this recipe shine!
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese: It melts beautifully to create a gooey, cheesy texture.
  • Hamburger Buns: The vessel for the delicious sandwich filling.
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese: It’s the perfect finishing touch.
A skillet filled with saucy ground beef, peppers and onions

How to Make Pepperoni Pizza Sloppy Joes

You can put these Sloppy Joes together in just five easy steps:

  1. Cook the meat and veggies. In a skillet, cook the ground beef, Italian sausage, onion, bell pepper, and garlic until browned and tender. Drain the excess fat.
  2. Add the seasonings. Stir in the smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the sauces and pepperoni. Stir in the pizza sauce, olives, Worcestershire sauce, and 3 oz sliced pepperoni. Simmer for 5-7 minutes
  4. Melt in the cheese. Remove from the heat and stir in the shredded mozzarella until melted and combined.
  5. Serve on buns. Spoon the mixture onto hamburger buns. Top with remaining pepperoni slices and grated parmesan cheese, if desired.
Indulgent pepperoni pizza sloppy joes, with gooey mozzarella and zesty marinara sauce

Tips for the Best Pepperoni Pizza Sloppy Joes

Follow these tips for the very best sandwiches:

  • Don’t skimp on the ingredients. Opt for a high-quality, flavorful pizza sauce, fresh pepperoni, and good cheeses.
  • Get the cheese good and melty. Stir the cheese in off-heat until thoroughly melted and gooey.
  • Get toasty. Lightly toast the buns for a nice texture contrast.
  • Have fun with toppings. Add your favorite pizza toppings like mushrooms, olives, or banana peppers.
  • Double your pleasure. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled to feed a hungry crowd!
  • Make it a meal. Pair the Sloppy Joes with a simple salad, coleslaw, or oven fries for a complete meal.
Deliciously messy pepperoni pizza sloppy joes with melted mozzarella cheese, Italian sausage and green bell peppers

How to Store

Have leftover Sloppy Joes? Here’s how to keep them fresh:

To Store: Place the cooled mixture in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days. Store the buns separately at room temperature.

To Freeze: Cool the mixture completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. Remove the excess air, and freeze for up to 3-4 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

To Reheat: Reheat the mixture in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Microwave individual portions in 30-second increments until warm.

Pepperoni Pizza Sloppy Joes

Course: Main CourseCuisine: American


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Try the ultimate mashup with Pepperoni Pizza Sloppy Joes! The combo of ground beef, pizza sauce, pepperoni, and gooey cheese is out of this world!


  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 2 cups pizza sauce or marinara sauce

  • 1/3 cup sliced black olives, drained (optional)

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 4 ounces pepperoni, sliced (reserve 1 oz for topping)

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 6 hamburger buns

  • Grated parmesan cheese for topping (optional)


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, Italian sausage, onion, bell pepper, and garlic until the meat is browned and vegetables are tender, 5-7 minutes. Drain excess fat.
  • Add the smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Stir in the pizza sauce, olives (if using), Worcestershire sauce, and 3 oz of the sliced pepperoni. Bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-7 minutes to allow flavors to meld.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the shredded mozzarella until melted and combined.
  • Serve the mixture on hamburger buns, topped with the remaining 1 oz of pepperoni slices and grated Parmesan if desired.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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