Italian sloppy Joes are a kid friendly dinner, with an Italian twist! This easy sloppy Joes recipe uses lean ground meat, Italian seasonings, and fresh herbs for the best sloppy Joes ever!
I have a confession to make: one of my favorite meals when I am really hungry is sloppy Joes. I don’t mean a pound of meat with a can of Manwich mixed in, but a nice meaty base with a flavorful and thick sauce.
I have made sloppy Joes many times, making many variations of them, but one of my favorite fast, family-friendly ways is to make Italian Sloppy Joes.
How to Make Italian Sloppy Joes
There are no hard and fast rules here, just add what you like in a marinara sauce with a nice ground meat, place it on bread of your choice with a nice sprinkling of cheese on top and toast in the oven for a bit. Simple, but yet a nice kid friendly meal just the same. You don’t have to toast the bread, but I like the end result. I try to stick with the same flavor profile of a marinara OR pizza sauce. Not too thin and with just enough seasonings.
This is one meal that you can modify SO many ways. Add cumin, chopped cilantro, diced onions/peppers and a bit of red pepper flakes and you have a ‘Taco Joe’, garnish with a bit of shredded cheddar and a dollop of sour cream and call it a day!
Italian sloppy Joes is not a gourmet meal…but frankly, I am not gourmet. This sloppy Joes recipe makes a regular appearance in my dinner rotation. If my oldest, Mr. Picky Pants, isn’t eating with us, I make a meatless meal, using cannellini beans in lieu of the meat. The choice is yours.
I like to serve the Italian sloppy Joes with a garden side salad, tossed with balsamic vinegar and oil dressing.