Beef 'n' Cheese French Bread Recipe
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Beef 'n' Cheese French Bread Recipe

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This open-faced sandwich is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. “My family loves eating supper when I make this entree,” says Becky Stubbs of Larned, Kansas. “It looks like a lot of work, but it’s really a breeze.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) unsliced French bread
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 372 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 1054mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the salsa, green pepper, olives, salt, chili powder, garlic and cumin. Remove from the heat.
  2. Cut bread in half lengthwise; place on a baking sheet. Spread meat mixture over cut sides; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 450° for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Beef 'n' Cheese French Bread in Simple & Delicious January/February 2007, p31

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CraftyBarracuda User ID: 7417245 165768
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"LOVE!! Our kids ask for seconds and thirds!! We almost never have leftovers! And if we do they are gone by lunch next day. Big hit with parties as pot luck functions!!"

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 165767
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2013

"I used salsa verde' in place of the regular salsa and left out the olives. We enjoyed these."

voodoowitch User ID: 635464 72642
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"This was okay but honestly I would just rather make a french bread pizza. Something just wasn't quite right with the flavor."

kat83 User ID: 2934264 97488
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"very filling, husband loves it!"

lunajenn24 User ID: 4060873 144472
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2009

"This recipe is fast, easy and yummy! The only thing we change is the cheese sometimes- we use whatever we've got on hand, either mild or medium cheddar, or a mexican blend. We also serve it with a side salad, and it's a filling and fun dinner, even for our 3 year old!"

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 93176
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2009

"My family devoured this for supper! I did not use the green peppers or the olives as my family is a little odd and don't like them (ugh!). This was very filling as my kids did not ask for anything else to eat the remainder of the night! Thank you for this quick and easy recipe. We will be making again."

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