Sloppy Joe Hand Pies

Did you ever watch the movie “It Takes Two”, with Mary Kate and Ashley in it? There is a scene when one of the girls is in the mess hall, and Sloppy Joe’s are being served. Apparently she has never eaten them before, and she is skeptical. After tasting a tiny bit, she shoves the Sloppy Joe into her face and devours it. My sister and I always liked Sloppy Joe’s, but mimicking this scene when we ate them just made it all the more fun! What kid doesn’t love to get messy!?

As an adult Sloppy Joe’s have lost their appeal. I still love the flavor, but I hate the fact that after the first few bites, half of my meat has fallen out the other end of the burger. I am not willing to use my hands as meat guards to prevent this from happening, so I just don’t make Sloppy Joe’s for dinner. 

I saw an idea for Un-Sloppy Joe’s on Pinterest, and I thought it was pretty genius. The recipe used canned Sloppy Joe sauce, which is what I also tried using, but I was not a fan. I recommend using a homemade Sloppy Joe sauce, because it is much nicer. If you don’t have time, and you like canned sauce, then go for it, but it just wasn’t my thing. 

The directions also instructed me to pinch the dough closed, which I did. The hand pies stayed somewhat shut during baking, but they also opened up in some places. I think that pressing a fork around the edges might work better, although I admit I have not tried it with the biscuit dough.

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3/4 lb ground beef

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1 TBS garlic powder

3/4 cup ketchup

1 celery stalk, chopped

3 TBS water

1 1/2 TBS brown sugar

1 1/2 TBS mustard

1 1/2 TBS vinegar

1/2 TBS chili powder

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup mixed vegetables, frozen

1/2 cup shredded cheese

1 can Pillsbury Grand’s biscuits


Combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, ketchup, celery, water, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce in a crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. 10 minutes before turning off the crock pot, add the mixed vegetables and stir.

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Press each biscuit into a 6-inch circle. Put 1/3 a cup of the meat mixture on each biscuit, and top with shredded cheese. Fold the dough in half, and press the edges to seal. Put the hand pie on an un-greased cookie sheet. I made one hand pie at a time, because the meat mixture spreads out and it would be difficult to press the dough closed if you wait too long. 

Bake the hand pies for 9-14 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

Makes 8 hand pies.

Adapted from

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