Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Try this fun twist on Philly cheesesteaks with bell peppers and a homemade provolone cheese sauce! These sandwiches make a super simple, finger-lickin’ good weeknight meal!

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes – Try this fun twist on Philly cheesesteaks with bell peppers and a homemade provolone cheese sauce! |

When I was pregnant and couldn’t indulge in deli meat (but still occasionally did), my go-to from our local sub shop was a Philly cheesesteak. Especially on chilly winter weekends spent playing house (a.k.a., stressing about nursery furniture/house readiness/general baby maintenance), it totally hit the spot. Comforting and hearty, there was nothing that warmed me and my perpetually chilly bones better than a cheesesteak. Baby’s kicks seemed to indicate she agreed. And also that I was maybe crowding her up in there with all that sandwich. A lot of sandwich + a lot of baby = waddling preggo hilariousness.

This seems to be one of those cravings that just hasn’t gone away, though. So! I’ve found an easy alternative that also leaves you with heaps of leftovers. Or, in my case, feeds approximately two. They’re THAT good.

Instead of steak, I used lean ground beef and bubbled up an easy beef broth-based sauce. Tossed in peppers and onions, and piled it on toasty, buttery hoagie rolls.  Poured a creamy homemade provolone cheese sauce over top, and officially made my husband fall in love all over again. With cheesesteaks.

These sandwiches are full of finger-lickin’ goodness, and so simple to make. Kids will love ’em, preggos will ask for seconds, and the men won’t even come up for air. True story. I guarantee they’ll fulfill all comfort food cravings!

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes – Try this fun twist on Philly cheesesteaks with bell peppers and a homemade provolone cheese sauce! |

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Yield: 4


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound 16 oz. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped (I used half green, half red)
  • 2 Tablespoon steak sauce, I used A1
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 hoagie rolls

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese


  1. Add oil to a large skillet set to medium-high heat. Add beef and cook 5-6 minutes, or until browned. Add onion and bell pepper and cook another 3-4 minutes, until vegetables soften. Stir in steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Bring to a simmer and cook about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Split open hoagie rolls and remove some of the soft insides, leaving a bed to hold the meat mixture. Toast rolls and set aside.

For the Cheese Sauce:

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute. Whisk in milk, bring to a simmer and let thicken, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in cheese until melted.
  2. To serve, place scoopfuls of meat mixture into rolls and top with cheese sauce.
  3. Enjoy!

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  1. Awh, look at that! I can totally understand why you’re craving this stuff :D Thank you so much for the recipe! x

  2. The idea of not being able to eat deli meat while pregnant leaves me legitimately concerned that I won’t be able to feed myself lunch, lol. Now I know what to make instead :)

  3. Oh yum!! I would want to faceplant in this!!

  4. I was thinking about making regular sloppy joes for dinner tonight, but you’ve totally changed my mind. These sound incredible!

  5. Mmm combining two of the best sandwiches into one… I love it!!

  6. yum. that is one amazing sandwich my man would especially love! you have loaded it down with goodness!

  7. 5 stars
    Great game day recipe, Georgia! Yeah, I pretty much think my guys would think this was the perfect food :)

  8. I’m a fan of Philly Cheesesteak ANYTHING. It’s definitely one of my top three favorite sandwiches, and I just love that you turned it into a sloppy joe!

  9. Love the idea of using ground meat instead of deli steak to satisfy that cheesesteak craving – I’m sure my boys would love this!

  10. I never realized how much deli meat was part of my life until I was pregnant (and didn’t know till my third pregnancy that it was a no-go!). This looks way better than any deli meat anyway.

  11. 5 stars
    I fixed this sandwich recipe for dinner tonight and we really enjoyed it.

  12. This combo looks so good!

  13. 5 stars
    I made these and they were delicious. Plus I froze leftovers and had dinner ready to reheat when I got home after a long day of subbing and attending a night class.

  14. I’d consider getting pregnant for one of these. :)

  15. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing!!! Thanks for the recipe.

  16. 5 stars
    I made this tonight. YUM-A-NUMMA!!!
    I used everything but the steak sauce (didn’t have it & didn’t miss it).
    I just cooked everything in a cast-iron skillet as directed, turned off the heat, put white American cheese on it & covered it ’til the cheese melted (just like I do with my regular Phillys).
    Put it on standard burger buns with a light spread of mayo (like I do with my regular Phillys).
    AWESOME!!! Tasted like a Philly but SO much easier!
    I may try a better bread, next time… It’s totally worth it!!!

  17. 5 stars
    I’m making this again, tonight.
    Our local Kroger had 90/10 ground sirloin on-sale for $1.99/lb., so I HAVE to try it with some of that!
    I also have some BJ’s hoagie rolls & DW picked up some fresh Bolilla rolls from Farm Fresh, this morning.
    So, whichever I choose to use, it should be MUCH better than my first attempt, on hamburger buns, which was still AWESOME!
    I’ll post results after SNARFING.

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