Moussaka Sloppy Joes

I love the taste of these sloppy joes. The Greek spices are a great fall flavor palate. The spices had our house smelling like fall in minutes and both kids were standing in the kitchen wondering what was for dinner because it smelled so good!

These come together so easily that they can be a great addition to your monthly meal rotations.


These are delicious! I only had cheap hamburger rolls on hand but I will definitely spend the little bit of time to either make fresh rolls or go out to the bakery and buy a little bit nicer roll. These were okay but they easily fell apart as my son tried to pick the sandwich up to eat it.

We served this with green beans and a simple green side salad.

Moussaka Sloppy Joes

A creative sloppy joe with lots of great Greek flavor.


  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons powdered garlic
  • 2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 6 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup half and half (I used fat-free and it was fine)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly shredded (NOT green can)
  • 8 rolls for serving


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat cook ground beef breaking it up into small pieces. Cook until browned through.
  2. Add salt, pepper and cinnamon to meat.
  3. Add onion, marjoram and red pepper to pan. Cook until onions are  softened 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add tomato paste to meat mixture and cook until it turns a deeper red 3-4 minutes. Stirring constantly.
  5. Lower heat to low and add chicken stock. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens in about 10-15 minutes. Taste and adjust spices.
  6. In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in flour once butter has melted. It will form a thick paste. Stir over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.  Whisk in half and half. Cook until mixture thickens into a nice cheese sauce consistency. Season sauce with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  7. Remove sauce from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese. Taste and adjust spices as necessary.
  8. To serve sloppy joes place meat mixture on the bottom of a roll. Cover with cheese sauce and then place bun top over cheese sauce. Serve while hot.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Erika Kind says:

    That is an interesting variation. I love Moussaka and I think I should make it again.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Rhiannon says:

    Great idea for sloppy joe and a great recipe. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much!


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