Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups

Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups are easy to make and so delicious. The slightly sweet cornbread cups come together perfectly with the savory Sloppy Joe meat mixture. These cups are perfect for snacking or enjoying as a full meal.

sloppy joe cornbread cups

These Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups are always devoured by everyone when I make them. My kids absolutely love them. They are so simple, yet so tasty. You can enjoy them as a quick snack, or eat several of them for a full meal. By the way, if you’re a Sloppy Joe fan, you have to also try my twist on traditional Sloppy Joes! These Instant Pot Hawaiian Sloppy Joes are amazing!

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When I first saw the Pillsbury Cornbread Swirls at the supermarket, I knew I had to get them! I quickly came up with a tasty way to use them and was so happy my kids loved them so much. Even the ones that claim they don’t like cornbread attacked them. In this post, I’ll show you how easy it is to make these savory treats. I’ll explain the ingredients and walk you step by step through making them, in case you need it.

Table of Contents
  1. Tips For Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups
  2. Ingredients Needed
  3. How To Make Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups
  4. Shopping List
  5. Recipe Substitutions
  6. Recipe Card

Tips for Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups

  • Use Leftover Sloppy Joe Meat: If you had Sloppy Joes the night before, using your leftovers for these cups is a perfect way to add some variety to your meals!
  • Use 85/15 or 90/10 Beef: If you use a good quality grass-fed beef that’s 85/15 or 90/10 then you don’t have to drain the beef after cooking it.
  • Spray Your Muffin Pan: Spraying the muffin pan with oil ensures the cups won’t stick while baking them.
  • Use Sharp Cheddar: Sharp cheddar cheese gives these Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups the perfect punch of flavor.
ingredients for sloppy joe cornbread cups including a can of sloppy joe sauce, a can of diced green chiles, and two packs of cornbread swirls

Ingredients for Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups

All you need is 5 ingredients to make these awesomely delicious Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups! Here is a list of everything:

  • Ground Beef: I like to use grass-fed beef, and usually use 85/15 when cooking it on the stove. You’ll need one pound of ground beef.
  • Pillsbury Cornbread Swirls: You’ll use at least two cans of Pillsbury Cornbread Swirls. You can find these in the refrigerated section with the biscuits, and other Pillsbury items.
  • Sloppy Joe Sauce: I really like the H-E-B brand Sloppy Joe sauce, but you can use whatever brand you prefer.
  • Diced Green Chiles: I like adding a small 4 oz can of mild diced green chiles to the meat mixture. My kids don’t complain at all, they don’t even notice them. I do feel they enhance the flavor.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: You will top these Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups with some shredded cheddar.

How To Make Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups

Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups are a simple and delicious recipe that is perfect to have as a snack or even a weeknight meal. They are easy to make, take only about 30 minutes from start to finish, and require very few ingredients. I’ll walk you through each step below. So grab your apron and let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather The Ingredients

Start gathering the ingredients. Here’s exactly what you’ll need:

  • Ground Beef: 1 pound
  • Sloppy Joe Sauce: one 16-ounce can
  • Diced Green Chiles: one 4-ounce can
  • Cornbread Swirls: 2 cans
  • Sharp Shredded Cheddar Cheese: approximately 1 cup

Step 2: Preheat Your Oven

Preheat your oven to 375° F.

Step 3: Make The Sloppy Joe Filling

Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Using a large wooden spoon or spatula break the meat into small pieces as it’s cooking. Once the meat is cooked through, reduce the heat to medium and add the Sloppy Joe sauce and green chiles to the skillet. Mix them into the ground beef and cook the mixture until it’s thick and bubbling.

Step 4: Form And Fill The Cornbread Cups

Now that the Sloppy Joe filling is ready, it’s time to start assembling the cornbread cups.

Grease The Pan

First, spray a 12-cup muffin or cupcake pan with a non-stick spray.

Form The Cornbread Cups

Open the cans of cornbread swirls and separate each swirl. Place each swirl in an empty slot in the pan and use your fingers to press the swirl down into the slot forming a cup that will hold the meat filling.

Fill The Cornbread Cups

Fill each cup with one or two spoonfuls of the meat filling and then top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Step 5: Bake The Cups

Place the pan on the middle rack of your oven and bake for 14 minutes.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups

Now that you know how to make Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups, it’s time to enjoy them! This recipe is simple and easy to follow, so there’s no excuse not to try it. Plus, the end result is a delicious meal that your whole family will love. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to grab a cup and enjoy!

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sloppy joe cornbread cups in a baking pan after cooking

Substitutions for Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups

Below are some substitution questions you may have about this recipe. If you have any other questions, please leave them in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

can I use biscuits instead of cornbread swirls?

You can substitute the cornbread swirls for biscuits if you’d like. I personally think the slight sweetness of the cornbread swirls goes perfectly with the sloppy joe mixture. I encourage you to try them with the cornbread even though you may think you don’t love cornbread. As I mentioned above, some of my kids don’t like cornbread, yet they love this recipe! If you use biscuits, make sure to flatten them out into the muffin tin as I do with the cornbread swirls.

can I use ground turkey or Ground Chicken?

You can absolutely use ground turkey or ground chicken instead of beef. Just swap out the beef for the turkey or chicken and follow the rest of the recipe as written. There are no other adjustments that need to be made.

can I use another type of cheese?

I love sharp cheddar to top these Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups, but feel free to use your favorite shredded cheese. I think mozzarella, Mexican blend, or even pepper jack would go great on these.

can I make these with chili instead?

Yes! When creating this recipe, I debated between chili and Sloppy Joes. For the sake of ease, I decided on Sloppy Joes. Chili would work wonderfully in this recipe. You can use leftover chili and make two meals out of your chili!

sloppy joe cornbread cups in a cupcake pan
Quick Tip

If you have leftover Sloppy Joe meat or lefotver chili, these cups are perfect for using that up.

IT’S YOUR TURN TO MAKE THese sloppy joe cornbread cups!

Did you make this recipe for Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups yet? I know you will absolutely love them when you do! Let me know in the comments section below when you make this recipe and how much you enjoyed it.

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Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups

Cornbread Cups Filled With Sloppy Joe Meat and Topped With Cheddar Cheese

5 from 6 votes
12 cups
Cooking Method(s)
  • Baking
Oven Temp375°
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
Total Time
29 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups are perfect for a quick and easy meal, and they’re sure to satisfy your family’s hunger. The soft and fluffy cornbread cups are filled with a tasty Sloppy Joe filling and topped with melted cheddar. These cups are sure to please everyone in your family!
sloppy joe cornbread cups

Essential Equipment


for the Sloppy Joe Mixture

for the Cornbread Cups


  • Preheat oven to 375° F
  • Make Sloppy Joe Filling: Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add the Sloppy Joe sauce and green chiles. Mix until combined. Cook until warmed through, thickened, and bubbling.
    cooking a sloppy joe filling for sloppy joe cornbread cups
  • Grease Muffin Tin: Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray.
    spraying a cupcake pan with oil
  • Form Cornbread Cups: Open the cornbread swirls and separate them. Using fingers, press each swirl into the muffin tin until they form a cup.
    forming cups out of cornbread swirls
  • Fill Cornbread Cups: Fill each cup with a spoonful or two of the meat filling and top with shredded cheddar.
    filling cornbread cups with sloppy joe filling
  • Bake 14 Minutes: Place on the middle rack of your oven and bake for 14 minutes.
    setting the cook time and temperature for making sloppy joe cornbread cups
  • Serve and enjoy.
    sloppy joe cornbread cups fresh out of the oven

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 361mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg

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