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Our Cinnabon Sloppy Joe will make everyone in the food court jealous

Sloppy Joe-stuffed Cinnabon - Thrillist Recipes
Drew Swantak

I’m not technically a nutritionist, but I think I just figured out a way to make Cinnabon a part of a well-balanced meal. And by that, I mean I figured out how to add meat to those iced swirls of sugar magic. Although eating a cinnamon roll stuffed with beef might seem cringe-worthy, the tangy Sloppy Joe filling weirdly works with the sweet, sticky buns. Never again will you have to wait to eat your Cinnabon as dessert.

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Drew Swantak

Cinnabon Sloppy Joe Recipe

Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 6

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup-style chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 6 Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, frosting separate
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
DIRECTIONS:
  • Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add beef, increase heat to medium-high and cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 10 minutes. Discard excess grease. Stir in tomato sauce, chili sauce, Worcestershire, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes.
  • Cut cinnamon rolls in half, like hamburger buns. Spread butter evenly on the cut sides. Heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over medium. Place buns, buttered-side down, on the griddle until golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Place the bottom halves of the buns, cut-side up, on individual plates. Top each with a generous heap of Sloppy Joe filling and cover with the bun tops. Spread cream cheese frosting on tops.
Cinnabon Sloppy Joe — Thrillist Recipes
Drew Swantak