YUMMMMM – Sloppy Joe casserole 2023


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cans Sloppy Joe mix
  • 1 1/2 jars nacho cheese
  • 1 bag of tater tots (rounds)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 450°F for baking the tater tots and later adjust to 350°F for baking the casserole.
  2. Brown Ground Beef:
    • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef until fully cooked.
    • Drain any excess grease.
  3. Sloppy Joe Mixture:
    • Add the Sloppy Joe mix to the cooked ground beef.
    • Mix well and let it simmer for a few minutes until the flavors meld.
    • Set aside.
  4. Bake Tater Tots:
    • Spread the tater tots on a sheet pan in a single layer.
    • Bake in the preheated oven at 450°F for about 15 minutes or until they are golden and crispy.
    • Once baked, transfer them to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  5. Assemble Casserole:
    • Pour the prepared Sloppy Joe mixture evenly over the layer of tater tots in the baking dish.
    • Spread the nacho cheese sauce over the Sloppy Joe mix.
  6. Add Shredded Cheese:
    • Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the top.
  7. Bake:
    • Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake the casserole until the cheese is fully melted and bubbly.
  8. Broil for Browning:
    • For a golden-brown finish, set the oven to broil and place the casserole under the broiler for 1-2 minutes. Keep a close eye to prevent burning.
  9. Serve:
    • Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.
    • Scoop out generous portions, and enjoy your YUMMMMM Sloppy Joe Casserole!


  • Customize this recipe by adding diced onions, bell peppers, or other vegetables to the Sloppy Joe mixture for extra flavor and texture.
  • You can also garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, green onions, or a dollop of sour cream before serving.

Here are some Questions  for Sloppy Joe Casserole:

  1. Can I use a different type of meat?
    • Yes, you can substitute ground beef with ground turkey, chicken, or a meat alternative to suit your dietary preferences.
  2. What can I use instead of nacho cheese?
    • If you prefer, you can use shredded Mexican blend cheese or cheddar cheese sauce as a substitute for nacho cheese.
  3. Can I make this casserole ahead of time?
    • Absolutely! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it. When ready to bake, allow it to come to room temperature and then follow the baking instructions.
  4. How do I store leftovers?
    • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.
  5. Can I freeze the casserole?
    • It’s recommended to freeze the casserole before baking if you want to prepare it in advance. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator and bake according to the instructions.
  6. Can I add vegetables to the Sloppy Joe mixture?
    • Absolutely! Feel free to add diced onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, or any other vegetables of your choice to the Sloppy Joe mixture for added flavor and nutrition.
  7. Is it necessary to broil the casserole for browning?
    • Broiling is optional but recommended for achieving a golden-brown and slightly crispy top. Keep a close eye on it during the broiling process to prevent burning.
  8. Can I use a different type of cheese for topping?
    • Yes, you can experiment with different cheeses based on your preference. Monterey Jack, pepper jack, or a blend of cheeses can be excellent alternatives.
  9. What sides go well with this casserole?
    • This casserole pairs well with a side salad, coleslaw, or even a serving of steamed vegetables for a balanced meal.
  10. Can I use a different form of tater tots?
    • Absolutely! You can use regular-shaped tater tots, curly fries, or even hash browns as an alternative to the rounds.
  11. Can I make a vegetarian version of this casserole?
    • Yes, you can create a vegetarian version by using plant-based meat alternatives and vegetarian Sloppy Joe mix. Also, ensure that the nacho cheese is vegetarian or opt for a plant-based cheese alternative.
  12. Can I add spices to the Sloppy Joe mix for extra flavor?
    • Certainly! Feel free to add your favorite spices like garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, or cayenne pepper to the Sloppy Joe mixture to enhance its flavor.