Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake

Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake – comfort food at its best! Sweet cornbread crust topped with sloppy joe meat, and cheese. A weeknight favorite. Everyone always cleans their plate! Jiffy mix, creamed corn, eggs, milk, cheese, ground beef, and Manwich sloppy joe sauce. Super easy to make and tastes great!

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Sloppy Joe Casserole

This Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake is a weeknight staple at our house. It is crazy good!! We could not stop eating this yummy casserole. Sweet cornbread topped with sloppy joe meat and cheese. I mean, what’s not to love? I’m not even a big fan of sloppy joes and I gobbled this up! We ate this for dinner and finished off the leftovers for lunch.

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How to Make Sloppy Joe Cornbread Casserole

This casserole is SUPER easy to make. Start with making the cornbread base. Mix together Jiffy mix cornbread, creamed corn, eggs, milk, and a little cheese. Pop that in the oven to partially bake and prepare the sloppy joe meat. I browned some ground beef and used a can of Manwich sloppy joe sauce. Remove the cornbread from the oven. Top with the sloppy joe meat and cheese. Place the pan back in the oven and bake until the cornbread is done.

You can assemble this casserole up to the point of spreading the sloppy joe meat on the partially baked cornbread and freeze it for later. To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw completely and bake at 400ºF for about 30 minutes until the cornbread is fully baked. Freezer meals are such a timesaver!

You can also freeze any leftovers for a quick meal later. To reheat leftovers, thaw completely and heat until warm in the microwave or oven.

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What to Serve with Sloppy Joe Casserole

As I said, this Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake was a huge hit at our house! We served this with some green beans. It is also great with a salad and mac and cheese. Talk about comfort food! YUM! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy casserole:

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Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake – comfort food at its best! Sweet cornbread crust topped with sloppy joe meat, and cheese. A weeknight favorite. Everyone always cleans their plate! Jiffy mix, creamed corn, eggs, milk, cheese, ground beef, and Manwich sloppy joe sauce. Super easy to make and tastes great!


  • 1 (8.5oz) pkg cornbread mix
  • 1 (14.75-oz) can creamed corn
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • lb ground beef
  • 1 (15-oz) can Manwich sloppy joe sauce


  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine muffin mix, corn, eggs, milk, and 1 cup of the cheese. Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain fat. Add sloppy joe sauce. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Spread beef mixture over cornbread and top with remaining cup of cheese. Bake for and 20 additional minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes and cut into squares.


Can substitute ground turkey for ground beef.
I used a box of Jiffy Mix cornbread mix.
Can freeze partially baked casserole for a quick meal later. Prepare through Step 4 and freeze instead of baking. To finish baking the casserole after freezing, thaw and bake at 400ºF for 30 minutes, until cornbread is baked.


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  1. I absolutely loved this recipe.!! What do you think about using pulled chicken instead of hamburger meat? I also considered adding broccoli. Your thoughts please?

  2. This is a fined tuned version of what I used to make my kids years ago (their loss lol) Just made it! So good!! I added chopped onion to the beef and cooked it in the microwave in a colander so the grease automatically drained into the bowl it was in. Genius adding creamed corn to the corn bread mix. Thanks so much for this recipe 💕👍

  3. Big thumbs up from our house! I am not one to leave reviews but this knocked it outta the park!
    I did add chives and a diced up Serrano pepper to the cornbread mix. We like spicy!
    I baked the cornbread for about 24 minutes to get it nice and browned and about 10 minutes to melt the cheese on top. My oven temp may be a little off. Otherwise I followed the recipe as written.
    This is a keeper! I think we may prefer this to regular sloppy joe’s on buns.
    Thank you for an awesome, easy dinner.

    1. You would need to prepare the dish through step 3 and top the cornbread with the sloppy joe mixture then refrigerate it. You may need to add a few minutes to the remaining cooking time.

  4. I made the recipe exactly as written. So good and quick to make! It would also be delicious made with thick chili and a small can of medium peppers added to the cornbread. Then top with hotdogs! Chili Cheese Corn dogs!

    Thanks for posting.

  5. This was delicious. I added buttermilk and 8oz of Velveeta for the cornbread mixture, cutting it into chunks on top of the mixture. Once the sloppy joe mixture was added to the pan I put more Velveeta on top. At the end of the second 20-minute cook time, I swirled the Velveeta into the meat mixture.

  6. We loved this! I made the recipe exactly as written. Divided it in half, prepared one pan through step 4, and put in the freezer for our daughter who is having a baby in a couple of weeks. I’ll be looking on the site for more freezer friendly recipes to make life easier for the new mama.

  7. I made it gluten free with cornbread mix from aldi but used the. Directions exactly as on here. Felicity. Thank you.

  8. Wow, this was yummy and so easy to make! I used bold manwich and added 1tablespoon each of sherry and roasted green chilies to the meat. I also melted the cheese for 9 minutes instead of 20 (I checked it a couple of times and the cheese was perfectly browned in 9 minutes in my oven) Not only will I make this again, I am adding it to my RV/camping recipes. Thanks for sharing this 😁

  9. This was really yummy! My daughter and husband enjoyed it and it was a super easy weeknight meal. We will make it again and the only change I will make is to put the cheese on top in the last five minutes of baking. Twenty minutes is far too long for the cheese topping to bake.

  10. Made it just as written, but used one cup cheddar cheese in the cornbead and 1 cup pepper jack cheese on top. Turned out great and got a thumbs up from my kinda picky significant other. He says this recipe is a keeper! I love easy and delicious dinners!

    1. Maybe cook it a little longer next time? The cornbread will not be crispy, but it should be firm. All ovens are different, so maybe yours cooks slower than mine.

  11. Only had frozen corn, so I upped the milk 1/4c. I also made my own sloppy joe as I had no Manwich. Got a bit carried away with the brown sugar, but hubby loved it (and never ever comments!) Am making this again tonight and will slice some tomatoes to go over the Manwich before I add the cheese. Might also toss in some green beans this time.

  12. I used the southwestern egg beaters and pepperjack cheese.. .it gave it just a little kick…it was yummy

  13. It was good but a little to sweet for me. I think I would do just a reg sloppy Joe other than Man witch so it’s not a sweet.

  14. I like to change manwitch to 2 cans chili and cooked ground beef, do the rest the same. Love recipes you can make a few adjustments to make your own.

    1. You will have to replace it with something. The liquid is needed in the cornbread. You will just have to play with the recipe.

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