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Can You Freeze Sloppy Joes?

Yes, you can freeze sloppy joes and reheat them later.

You can freeze sloppy joes in individual servings in small plastic containers.

When you are ready to reheat the frozen sloppy joes, place them in a microwave for 30 seconds at a time until heated through.

You may also heat the sloppy joes in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

What are Sloppy Joes made of?

Sloppy Joes are a classic American dish made with beef, chicken, pork, or even a vegetarian version. 

The filling of this classic sandwich consists of ground meat, onions, sour cream, pickles, and ketchup.

The name is derived from the fact that the meat is not finely chopped before cooking, resulting in a sloppy consistency.

If you prefer, you can make your sloppy joes using a hamburger, cooked ground beef, onion, and other spices.

How to Freeze Sloppy Joes?

Introduction: How to freeze sloppy joes? Not a good question for a cook to ask, but we always get asked it. We’re glad to help.


STEP 1 Mix the ingredients for your sloppy joe sauce. We use the same proportions in our kitchen, although you can adjust the proportions to suit your tastes.

STEP 2 Put your sauce in a freezer-safe container.

STEP 3 Let it chill in the refrigerator for about an hour before you start freezing it. The cooler the sauce, the better. Once it’s chilled, spoon the mixture into the bottom of a Ziploc bag and seal it tightly.

STEP 4 Put the sealed container in the freezer, and you’re ready to freeze. The container will keep the mixture frozen for up to three months. To maintain a consistent thickness, you can add more frozen sauce to a reheated sloppy joe.

STEP 5 To thaw, remove the frozen sloppy joe from its container and put it on a plate. Microwave it for 15 to 20 seconds at a time until warmed through.

Serve immediately.

How do I Reheat Frozen Sloppy Joes?

This is another question we hear often. It’s easy!


Remove the frozen sloppy joe(s) from their container and place them on a plate.

Microwave them for 10 to 12 minutes at a time, stirring once halfway through.

When they have finished heating, serve them right away. They should be piping hot. Give them another minute or two in the microwave if they aren’t.

You can also bake frozen sloppy joes in the oven as a variation—Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out the frozen sloppy joes. Bake them for about 25 minutes or until heated through.

Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe:


• 1 pound lean ground beef

• ½ cup diced red bell pepper

• ¼ cup diced green bell pepper

• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

• 1 tablespoon chili powder

• 1½ teaspoons salt

• 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

• 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

• 1/8 cup Dijon mustard

• 1/8 cups ketchup

• 1/8cup yellow mustard

• 1/4 cup brown sugar

• 1/4 cup white vinegar

• 1/4cup water

• 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce

• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Instructions:

Combine all the ingredients except the Tabasco sauce and Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl.

Using your hands, mix well.

Add the Tabasco sauce to taste.

Stir in the Worcestershire sauce just enough to blend everything.

Transfer the mixture to a gallon-sized Ziploc bag.

Place the bag in the freezer for one hour.

After an hour has passed, remove the bag from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Spoon the contents of the bag into a skillet over medium heat.

Cook the mixture, using a wooden spatula, until no longer pink.

Pour the cooked meat into a serving dish.

Top the meat with cheese, if desired.

Garnish with additional toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, onions, etc.

Serve immediately.

Last Words

The best way to enjoy homemade sloppy joes is by preparing them yourself. Make sure to use only quality ingredients when making this recipe. Also, don’t forget to try different variations of these delicious sandwiches.

For example, how would you like them made with turkey instead of beef? Or maybe you want to make them even healthier by substituting low-fat milk for regular cow’s milk. Let us know what you think, and share yours with us.

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