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Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes on Texas Toast (without ketchup)

Old fashioned sloppy joes are the ultimate throwback comfort food and quick and easy for busy weeknights! These sloppy joes are piled on top of buttery Texas toast for the perfect bite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute meals, beef, turkey
Servings: 4
Calories: 547kcal
Author: Casey Rooney


For the Sloppy Joes

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (see Note 1) ground turkey or chicken also works!
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (or a few turns of fresh ground pepper)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar light or dark
  • 1 14 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • cheese, for topping (optional) cheddar, mozzarella, jack all work well

For the Texas toast (See Note 2)

  • 1 loaf bakery French bread sliced into 1 inch thick slices
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place butter in microwave for about 30-60 seconds until melted. With a pastry brush, brush each slice of bread with butter. Then, sprinkle each slice with garlic powder and oregano (to taste). Place bread slices on a baking sheet and set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, start browning your meat, breaking it up as it cooks (about 2-3 minutes). Pro Tip: Using a potato masher to break up the meat makes it really easy!
  • Add onion and cook 2-3 minutes more until onion is slightly soft.
  • Add garlic powder, salt, pepper, brown sugar tomato sauce, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and let simmer over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes. Taste and season with salt, if needed. A dash of hot sauce is also great to add if you like spice.
  • While sloppy joes are simmering away, pop your Texas toast in the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes until lightly toasted. If using store-bought Texas toast, cook in the oven according to package directions or use my air fryer instructions.
  • Pile each slice of Texas toast with sloppy joe mixture. At this point you can enjoy them as-is OR move on to next step...
  • Set oven to BROIL. Top each sloppy joe with cheese. Broil about 1 minute until cheese is just melted. Serve immediately!


Note 1: I like using 90% (or more) lean ground beef. It's healthier and you don't have to drain it!
Note 2: If you want to skip making your own Texas toast, just use frozen Texas toast from the freezer section at the grocery store!


Serving: 2slices | Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 1465mg | Potassium: 626mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 7mg
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