Spooky Monster Sloppy Joe Recipe

If you are looking for a Halloween-inspired sloppy joe recipe, this fang-tastic recipe is sure to knock your socks off!

Sloppy Joe Sandwich with monster eyes on top

October is just around the corner, and that means lots of opportunities to celebrate Halloween.

Whether you’re dressing up in a costume or cooking something spooky for dinner, it’s always fun to get into the spirit of things! This Monster Sloppy Joe recipe is one such way to do so, and it’s sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

The ingredients for this Halloween dinner are simple and can be found at your local grocery store if you don’t already have them at home. To make this dish spookier than your average sloppy joe, we recommend topping it off with some green olives as eyes – just like our favorite monster!

Kids already love sloppy joes, but making them look like monsters will make them even more appealing to children! Making it so much easier to get them to eat their dinner before going trick or treating!

monster sloppy joe recipe

Why you need to make this sloppy joe Halloween recipe

If you’re not quite sold on this spook-tacular Halloween recipe, you really should be!

These sloppy joes are the perfect Halloween recipe for a delicious and slightly creepy meal! They are so quick and easy to make, which means less kitchen time for you and more time to enjoy your family.

This is also a kid-friendly meal, so there will be less arguing at the kitchen table come dinner time. Kids generally love sloppy joes and are more than happy to eat their portions up.

For a recipe that is so tasty and kid-friendly, it takes very little time and can be done in under an hour, leaving plenty of time for spooky ghost stories and ghoulish games!

Up close monster sloppy joe sandwich

Tips and ingredient substitutions

If you are going to make this recipe, you may want to know some of these helpful tips that you can follow to create these amazingly monstrous sloppy joes!

  • When cooking these joes, if you have the time, you can sneak in some extra veggies by dicing celery and carrots and cooking them with the onion.
  • If this recipe is not flavorful enough for you, add a few tablespoons of brown sugar or some ketchup.
  • For a slightly spicy sloppy joe, try adding some salsa or some hot sauce to the mix.
  • If your family likes sour things, you can add a few slices of pickles to each burger for extra flavor.
  • For a healthier dish, drain the oil from the ground beef after cooking to remove all of that extra fat.
  • If your sloppy joe mix seems to be too runny, make a simple slurry of cornstarch and water and cook it with the joe mix until it thickens. One tablespoon should be more than enough cornstarch to thicken up a runny joe mix.
  • If you don’t want to use Manwich, you can make your own! A combination of tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, and spices will make a very realistic substitute.
completed monster sloppy joe

What to serve with this sloppy joe recipe

This sloppy joe recipe is the perfect main course of any meal — in fact, it is a good meal all in itself! But it is even better when it is served with other foods to make it more nourishing and tasty.

Here are some tasty and creep-tastic side dish options for a wonderfully creepy Halloween dinner:

  • Carved and roasted stuffed bell pepper jack-o-lanterns
  • Deviled eggs
  • Skeleton man veggie platter
  • Frankenstiens baked beans
  • Sausage fingers and toes

These are all perfectly howl-tastic side dishes to go alongside your sloppy joe recipe. Plus, these fun and scary dishes are a great way to get your kids to try out different foods and eat their vegetables — they’ll never know that those ‘bones’ they are eating are actually carrots and celery!

Spooky Monster Sloppy Joe Recipe

Recipe by TheGhostWriterCourse: DinnerDifficulty: Easy


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  • 8 pack sesame seed buns

  • 24 oz. can Manwich Sloppy Joe Mix

  • 2 lbs. ground beef 90/10

  • 1 cup chopped white onion (optional)

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 16 pimento-stuffed green olives

  • 16 toothpicks


  • Add olive oil to a deep skillet or saute pan.
  • Add in chopped onions and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Mix in ground beef and cook until brown and then add in Manwich. Stir well!
  • Simmer for about 6 minutes.
  • How To Assemble Monster Sloppy Joe
  • Top the sloppy joe mixture onto the sesame seed buns.
  • Place the toothpicks on the top bun.
  • Add the green olive to the toothpick, making sure the red pimento is pointing out to look like eyes.


  • You can do the eyes with black olives with mozzarella in the center as well if you don’t like green olives.

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