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Sloppy Jack’s

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Sloppy Jack’s are fun, Halloween themed twist on classic Sloppy Joe’s! These meaty, cheesy jack-o-lantern look alikes are the prefect meal before trick or treating. Make the meat filling ahead of time, and Sloppy Jack’s can be on the table in 10 minutes.

sloppy jacks on a platter

Why make Sloppy Jacks?

Since its usually in the 40’s on Halloween around here, I always like to make something warm to have in our bellies before we head out to trick or treat on a chilly Minnesota evening.

Sloppy Joe’s are a weeknight staple at my house. They are quick and easy to make, and the whole family loves them, so I thought why not find a quick and easy way to add a festive Halloween twist to this family favorite?

Bonus Halloween Recipe

Try my Oreo Spider Cookies or Frankenstein Cake Pops. Both are simple enough for young kids to make!

What ingredients do you need to make Sloppy Jack’s?

  • Sloppy Joe meat mixture like my Easy Sloppy Joe’s
  • english muffins (I like Bay’s)
  • cheddar cheese slices (I like Sargento)
  • pumpkin shaped cookie cutter
  • sharp knife
  • cookie sheet
ingredients for sloppy jacks

How do you make Sloppy Jack’s?

Start by making up a batch sloppy joe meat mixture like my Easy Sloppy Joe’s. This can easily be done ahead of time and just warm it up when you are ready to make the Jacks.

sloppy joe meat mixture in a pan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Split English muffins in half and place them face up on a cookie sheet. Once oven is hot, pop them in for 5 minutes.

toast English muffins in oven toasting for sloppy jacks

While the muffins are toasting, grab your cheese slices and cut out out the pumpkin shapes using your cookie cutter.

Use a sharp pairing knife to cut triangle shapes for the eyes and they nose. This looks a bit compilated, but its really not! I promise. The cheese is pretty forgiving so even if you mess up, you can just pinch the cheese back together a bit.

Pull the muffins out of the oven and scoop about a 1/4c of meat mixture onto each muffin. Use the back of a spoon to flatten it down a bit.

Next, top each muffin with a jack o lantern shaped cheese slice. Put them back in the oven for 30-60 seconds so the cheese can melt a bit. This happens fast, so keep a close eye on it so you do not burn the cheese.

bake with cheese for 30-60 seconds
Can you use ground turkey in place of the ground beef?

Sure! Since ground turkey is drier than beef, so you may need to add a bit more ketchup and mustard to the meat mixture.

Can you make Sloppy Jacks in a toaster oven?

I have not tested this recipe in a toaster oven, but I would think it would work fine. Make the meat mixture on the stove, but I’d think toasting the English muffins and melting the cheese would be ok in a toaster oven. Just keep a close eye on it as cooking times may be different from the original recipe directions.

Can you make Sloppy Jacks ahead of time?

Not really. They are going to taste best served fresh from oven while muffin is nice and toasty and cheese is melted. You technically can reheat leftovers in the microwave, but the English oven will be soft, not toasted. You can always prepare the meat mixture ahead of time and just warm it up prior to assembling the Jacks.

What to serve with Sloppy Jack’s

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sloppy jacks on a platter

Sloppy Jack’s

Liz Olberding @ Up North Nosh
Sloppy Jack's are fun, Halloween themed twist on classic Sloppy Joe's! These meaty, cheesy jack-o-lantern look alikes are the prefect meal before trick or treating. Make the meat filling ahead of time, and Sloppy Jack's can be on the table in 10 minutes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 513 kcal

Equipment

  • cookie sheet
  • sharp knife

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Start by making up a batch of my Easy Sloppy Joe's or your favorite Sloppy Joe recipe. Short on time? Make this step ahead of time and just reheat when you are ready to make the Sloppy Jacks.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Split english muffins in half and place them face up on a cookie sheet. Once oven is hot, pop them in for 5 minutes. or until slightly toasted.
  • While the muffins are toasting, use the cookie cutter to cut pumpkin shapes out of each slice of cheese.
  • Use a sharp pairing knife to cut triangle shapes for the eyes and they nose. 
  • Pull the muffins out of the oven and scoop about a 1/4c of warm meat mixture onto each muffin. Use the back of a spoon to flatten it down a bit.
  • Top each muffin with a jack o lantern shaped cheese slice. Put them back in the oven for 30-60 seconds so the cheese can melt a bit. This happens fast, so keep a close eye on it so you do not burn the cheese.

Notes

Try Serving with these fun sides:

Nutrition

Serving: 2 muffin halvesCalories: 513kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 34gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 550mgPotassium: 440mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 341IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 292mgIron: 3mg
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