Sloppy Joes Texas Style Recipe


If there’s one dish that embodies the perfect blend of comfort and flavor, it’s the Ultimate Cheesy Beef Toasts. This timeless recipe is a crowd-pleaser, marrying savory ground beef with a rich, tangy sauce, all sandwiched between layers of gooey American cheese on golden Texas Toast. It’s a simple yet satisfying dish that’s sure to become a staple in your kitchen.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Olive or canola oil, as needed
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 minced garlic clove or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 chopped red or green bell pepper
  • ½ chopped large yellow onion (or 1 small)
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 slices American cheese
  • 6 slices Texas Toast


  1. Prep the Skillet: Begin by heating a large skillet over moderate heat. Add a splash of oil to create the perfect cooking surface.
  2. Sauté the Goodness: Introduce the ground beef, bell pepper, and onion (plus fresh garlic if using). Stir regularly and break up any large meat chunks until the beef is perfectly browned.
  3. Drain Excess Grease: Remove any excess grease from the skillet, ensuring your dish is both flavorful and lean.
  4. Build the Flavor Base: Reduce the heat and add water, ketchup, mustard, garlic (if using powder), Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. Stir well and let it simmer for about 8 minutes until the sauce achieves a delightful thickness.
  5. Prepare the Toast: While the sauce is simmering, preheat your broiler. Toast the Texas bread until it reaches a golden perfection.
  6. Add Cheese and Melt: Top each slice with a piece of American cheese and broil for just half a minute. This step ensures a gooey, cheesy delight.
  7. Assemble and Melt Again: Spoon the beef mixture over each cheesy toast slice, adding another layer of cheese on top. Broil once more until the cheese achieves a mouthwatering melt.
  8. Serve Hot: Plate up your Ultimate Cheesy Beef Toasts piping hot, and watch as the irresistible aroma beckons everyone to the table.

Helpful Tips:

  • Choose Quality Ingredients: Opt for lean ground beef and fresh vegetables to enhance the overall flavor and nutritional value.
  • Play with Cheese Varieties: Feel free to experiment with different cheese varieties for a personalized touch. Cheddar, mozzarella, or even a blend can add an exciting twist.
  • Perfect Broiling: Keep a close eye on the broiling process to achieve that perfect golden color without burning. Every oven is different, so adjust accordingly.


Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time?

A: Absolutely! Prepare the beef mixture in advance and assemble just before serving for the freshest taste.

Q: Can I freeze the leftovers?

A: Yes, you can freeze the beef mixture for future use. However, it’s recommended to assemble the toasts fresh for the best texture.

Q: Any substitutes for Texas Toast?

A: If you don’t have Texas Toast, you can use thick-sliced bread or even hamburger buns for a twist on the classic recipe.

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