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Jack O Lantern Sloppy Joe Pie

Halloween is just around the corner, so I decided to make a really festive recipe: Jack O Lantern Sloppy Joe Pie. I wondered to my mom just before I wrote this post, “Why is a Sloppy Joe called a Sloppy Joe?”  She said that she didn’t know, so we Googled it and found all kinds of information on the Sloppy Joe. I soon found out that it was supposedly invented at the Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Florida.

Cutting a Jack O Lantern out of pie crust

Cutting the pie crust is the best part of all by far because you get to carve any design you want. Let the kids do this part :).

jack o lantern made out of pie crust

After the pie crust/Jack o’ Lantern Face is done baking, you can leave it on the tray until the dish is ready to be served.

filling for sloppy joe pie in a skillet

Yummm. That’s what I call a Sloppy Joe!!!  It’s ground turkey with a whole bunch of good stuff.

filling for sloppy joe pie in a skillet

Bring on the bubbles!!! This is the filling for your Sloppy Joe Pie. Then you will place the baked crust on top of the filling for serving.

recipeboy holding skillet of jack o lantern sloppy joe pie

Smile! The recipe turned out excellent and yeah, the Jack o’ Lantern was hit by a car yesterday and lost most of his teeth:). As I was saying, the recipe is a good combination because pie crust and Sloppy Joe meat taste GREAT/heavenly together. If you want to make regular sloppy joe’s, try my Pizza Sloppy Joes recipe. And these Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes look pretty awesome too!

And even a kid can make an awesome Jack o’ Lantern Face… Like Me!

recipeboy holding jack o lantern sloppy joe pie in a skillet

Jack O Lantern Sloppy Joe Pie (adapted from Pillsbury)
Fun dinner to make with your kids right around Halloween!
Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • One refrigerated pie crust
  • pounds ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup corn (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup thick and chunky salsa (use mild for kids)
  • ½ cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • One 4.5-ounce can chopped green chiles (use mild for kids)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Unroll the pie crust onto an ungreased cookie sheet. With a sharp knife, cut a jack o' lantern face from the crust. Use some of the scraps to attach a stem to the top. Bake 9 minutes, or until the crust is light golden brown
  • Meanwhile, in a 10 or 11-inch nonstick skillet, cook the turkey and onion over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often until the turkey is no longer pink. Stir in the corn, salsa, chili sauce, brown sugar and chiles. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once in a while, until everything is cooked through. Stir in the cilantro (if using). Carefully place the baked jack o' lantern crust on top of the turkey mixture in the skillet and serve!
Keyword jack o lantern, pie, sloppy joes
Recipe Rating


Friday 28th of October 2011

What a fun idea! So cute!


Friday 28th of October 2011

Very creative! Love this idea! Happy Halloween!


Friday 28th of October 2011

Very cute idea.


Thursday 27th of October 2011

My kids would love this! Well done!


Thursday 27th of October 2011

This was really yummy, and a fun recipe to make to get us ready for Halloween. I love it when you make dinner for me :)