Sloppy Joe Calzones Recipe
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Sloppy Joe Calzones Recipe

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It’s a kid-friendly Friday night with these simple calzones. Chop the onion and pepper super-fine for your really picky eaters. Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 961 calories, 47g fat (18g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 1900mg sodium, 83g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 8g fiber), 45g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the beans, tomato paste, water, ketchup, oregano and salt.
  2. Separate crescent dough into four rectangles; seal perforations. Spoon a fourth of the meat mixture onto half of each rectangle; sprinkle with cheese. Fold dough over filling; pinch edges to seal. Cut slits in tops.
  3. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Sloppy Joe Calzones in Simple & Delicious July/August 2009, p13

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MY REVIEW 226856
Reviewed May. 24, 2015

""Kid-friendly" absolutely! ( And maybe husband-friendly as well! ) One of my sons from the time he was a teenager through early adulthood requested I make these every so often and not one were ever left over! To shorten the process, I substituted 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce for the paste/water/ketchup mixture. Still very good and maybe even better. Great idea for a casual weekend meal. Time and temperature are both right on the money. I personally did NOT find I had way too much meat mixture as some other reviewers did."

Dianaore 100714
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"I agree that the meat mixture was way to much. I ended up using 3 tubes of cersents. my 19 yr old son thought he could eat more than one too but once he polished off the first he was full. We added olives to ours and thought maybe adding some diced pepperoni might add more zip to them. Also some Italian season on the top as well. We talked about making them with chicken instead of of beef as well. Love them tough!!"

kristinafoss 167218
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"My family loved these! I ended up freezing the left over meat mixture since I had so much. I made this again it about two weeks later using what I had frozen and it was still really good."

carol_ds 167215
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"I would likely not use crescent dough a second time but instead pizza dough so there are not so many seams. I found there was way too much filling too so would need more dough. The flavour was excellent."

Coli 114518
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"Sounds wonderful! Can they be made ahead and frozen?"

kengrants 183491
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"These were easy to make and so flavorful. Very yummy!"

Bia22 100706
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"Very easy and delicious! Great for all ages!"

ewunia11 99994
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"excelent. loved it :)"

3mcmillans 100704
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2009

"Like the other 2 posters I found that 1/4th of the mixture was too much. My family loved it and I will be making it again with more rolls."

keakathleen 183803
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2009

"The meat quantity was too much but I took the extra and mixed it into mac 'n cheese the next night for a quick and yummy meal. I also used 2 rolls together instead of 4 to make smaller calzones. Otherwise they are huge."

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