Sloppy Joe Calzones


Sloppy Joe Calzones

My 8-year old grandson, Caleb, had so much fun making these with me.  I know it is much easier to just make the sloppy joes and put them on buns, but this was something different and fun.  And delicious also, I might add.

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, optional
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 can Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 to 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and salt and cook until onion is soft, about 10 minutes.  Add the garlic and chili powder and cook, uncovered, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the beef and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until just pink, about 3 minutes.  Don’t overcook.

Add pepper, if using, brown sugar, tomato puree, ketchup, water, and hot sauce.  Simmer until sauce thickens, 8 to 10 minutes.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Press each biscuit into 6-inch rounds.  Spoon 1/3 cup mixture onto center of round, add a tablespoon of cheese.  Fold dough in half over filling and press to seal.  Place on cookie sheet and bake 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 8 calzones or (4 sloppy joes on buns)

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