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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 calzone equals 961 calories, 47 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 116 mg cholesterol, 1900 mg sodium, 83 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 45 g 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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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."

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!!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

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

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