It's a sloppy joe without as much mess! Neatly contained in a pastry packet, this take on a sloppy joe recipe is a fun one-handed entree.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Recipe Summary

25 mins
30 mins
20 mins at 375°
8 hand pies


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large skillet cook beef, sweet pepper, and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink. Drain off fat. Stir in chili powder. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in tomato sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in pickles. Remove from heat. Let filling cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes, or transfer to a shallow dish and chill in the refrigerator 15 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Let pie crusts stand at room temperature according to package directions.

  • Unroll pie crusts. Use a 10-ounce custard cup as a guide to cut 8 rounds from the pie crusts with a paring knife. Or, use a 4 1/2-inch round cutter. Brush edges of rounds with milk. Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons filling onto each round. Fold pastry over filling. Use a fork to seal edges together. Brush tops with milk and sprinkle with additional chili powder and Parmesan. Cut small slits in each hand pie to allow steam to escape. Arrange on prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake for 20 minutes or until bottom of pastry is golden. Cool slightly; serve warm.


Place baked hand pies on a baking sheet. Freeze 4 hours or until solid. Transfer to a freezer container. Label and freeze up to 3 months. To reheat, wrap frozen hand pies in foil. Bake in a 350°F oven 35 to 40 minutes or until hot.

Nutrition Facts

325 calories; total fat 18g; saturated fat 7g; polyunsaturated fat 2g; monounsaturated fat 8g; cholesterol 20mg; sodium 431mg; potassium 226mg; carbohydrates 32g; fiber 2g; sugar 2g; protein 8g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 526IU; vitamin c 14mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 2mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 27mcg; vitamin b12 1mcg; calcium 32mg; iron 1mg.