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Spicy Sloppy Joe Pizza Recipe

User Rating 4 Star Rating (1 Review)


Photo: Diana Rattray
I didn't add many extra toppings to this pizza, mainly because I wanted the sloppy joe flavors to stand out. Feel free to add your favorite toppings. Jalapeno pepper rings, sliced black olives, sliced plum tomatoes, thinly sliced bell pepper rings, and mushrooms are just a few possibilities.




  • pizza dough for 1 pizza, homemade or purchased
  • Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon spicy mustard or Creole mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning, or a seasoned salt blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, or a Cheddar and Monterey Jack Blend


In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with onion and celery in the oil, breaking up the ground beef into small pieces. Cook, stirring, until beef is well browned and onions are lightly browned. Stir in tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, Creole seasoning, chili powder, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes.

Fit pizza dough into a 12 to 14-inch pizza pan. Spread ground beef mixture over the pizza evenly. Top with sliced onion and shredded cheeses. Bake at 400°. for 20 to 25 minutes, or until crust is browned and cheeses and topping are bubbly and melted.

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User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
Very good!, Member CarrieGee

This was a really great alternative to regular pizza (or regular sloppy joes, for that matter)! It was perfectly cooked after 20 minutes - the crust was crispy and the topping was heated through, and the cheese was just starting to brown. It wasn't really all that spicy, but some chili flakes on top fixed that very quickly. The combination of flavors was perfect though. Thank you for this recipe - we will be making it again!

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