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Bush’s Baked Beans Sloppy Joe Sliders

published Jun 14, 2024
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Bush's Baked Beans Sloppy Joe Sliders Recipe

Make sloppy Joes even better with sweet and saucy Bush's Baked Beans.

Makes24 sliders

Prep6 minutes

Cook25 minutes

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Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food: Brett Regot; Props: Margaret Ward

There’s a lot to love about baked beans, sloppy Joes, and sliders. When you combine them into a single supremely craveable sandwich, you’re in for a taste that can’t be beat. In this recipe, slow-cooked smoky-sweet Bush’s Baked Beans become the backbone of tangy sloppy Joes. Then, instead of assembling individual sandwiches, slice a loaf of Hawaiian sweet rolls in half horizontally and pull them apart into bite-sized sandwiches when ready to serve. Here’s how to make sweet and saucy shareable sandwiches that will have everyone asking for seconds.

Why You’ll Love Them

  • These aren’t your everyday sloppy Joes. This classic sandwich leans on the sweetness and smokiness of slow-cooked Bush’s Baked Beans to boost the flavor of tangy, tomatoey ground beef.
  • Friends and family (and kids!) won’t be able to get enough of the iconic flavor that Bush’s Baked Beans brings to the handheld sliders.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food: Brett Regot; Props: Margaret Ward

Key Ingredients in Bush’s Baked Beans Sloppy Joe Sliders

  • Bush’s Baked Beans: These creamy baked beans slow-cooked in a savory-sweet sauce are the secret to serving an updated version of a family dinner favorite.
  • Ground beef: Choose lean ground beef for this savory filling.
  • Hawaiian rolls: Make slider assembly easier by slicing the rolls in half horizontally without separating the individual rolls.
  • Seasonings: Serve up classic sloppy Joe flavor by adding garlic powder, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce to the baked bean and beef mixture.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food: Brett Regot; Props: Margaret Ward

Bush’s Baked Beans Turn an Old-Fashioned Favorite into a New Classic

A can of Bush’s Baked Beans is a natural choice for a summertime cookout spread. The secret? More beans, less beef. Combine the saucy slow-cooked beans with savory ground beef, onion, and bell pepper until thick and saucy. The sauce binds the filling together for tasty three-bite sandwiches that are perfect for sharing.

Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food: Brett Regot; Props: Margaret Ward

How to Make Bush’s Baked Beans Sloppy Joe Sliders

  1. Brown the ground beef. The key to cooking flavorful ground beef is to let it cook without stirring too often. Every time you break the meat into smaller pieces, moisture is released and evaporates, which can cause the meat to steam rather than brown.
  2. Add vegetables and sloppy Joe seasonings. Sauté diced onion and red bell pepper, then add tomato paste to give the sloppy Joe filling its signature tomato tang.
  3. Stir in Bush’s Baked Beans. Add the beans, including all of the sauce, to the pan and simmer until the flavors come together and the beans are warm.
  4. Assemble the sliders. Cut the Hawaiian sweet rolls in half horizontally, without separating each roll, then spoon the filling evenly over the bottom half of the rolls. Replace the top half of the rolls, brush with melted butter, and top with sesame seeds.
  5. Bake the sliders. Bake until the rolls are toasted and the sandwiches are warm.

Bush's Baked Beans Sloppy Joe Sliders Recipe

Make sloppy Joes even better with sweet and saucy Bush's Baked Beans.

Prep time 6 minutes

Cook time 25 minutes

Makes 24 sliders

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1

    medium yellow onion

  • 1

    large red bell pepper

  • 3 tablespoons

    unsalted butter, divided

  • 12 ounces

    lean ground beef

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons

    garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup

    tomato paste

  • 1 (28-ounce) can

    Bush's Baked Beans

  • 2 teaspoons

    Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 (12-ounce) packages

    Hawaiian sweet rolls, such as King’s

  • 2 teaspoons

    white sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, finely dice 1 medium yellow onion and 1 large red bell pepper (about 1 1/2 cups each).

  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of the unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 12 ounces lean ground beef and season with 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook, breaking up the meat into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes.

  3. Add the onion and bell pepper, and cook until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add 1/4 cup tomato paste and cook, stirring often, until darkened in color, about 2 minutes. Add 1 (28-ounce) can Bush's Baked Beans and 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine, and cook, stirring occasionally, until simmering, about 2 minutes. Turn off the heat.

  4. Without separating the rolls, cut 2 packages Hawaiian sweet rolls in half horizontally with a serrated knife. Place the bottom half of the rolls cut-side up on a large rimmed baking sheet. Transfer the baked bean mixture onto the rolls in an even layer. Place the top half of the rolls over the sliders cut-side down.

  5. Place the remaining 2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, 30 to 60 seconds. (Alternatively, melt the butter on the stovetop.) Brush the tops of the rolls with the butter and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds.

  6. Bake until the bun tops are toasted, 10 to 12 minutes. Cut into individual sliders with a serrated knife before serving.

Recipe Notes

Storage: The sliders are best served the day they are made, but you can refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. The rolls will soften upon storage.