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sloppy joe filling over top baked potato

Cast Iron Sloppy Joe Baked Potatoes

Nothing beats this childhood classic, the sloppy joe. This filling is made with a hearty beef and bacon mince suated with onions, peppers, and a pinch of spice. It's the perfect messy campfire meal to bring you back to your childhood.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Camping, keto
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 699kcal


  • 10-12" Cast Iron Skillet or other oven safe skillet
  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil


  • 4 Idaho® potatoes russets
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt
  • ¼ lbs Bacon cut ito 1” pieces
  • ½ Onion chopped
  • ½ Green pepper chopped
  • ½ Red pepper chopped
  • 1 jalapeno seeded, stemmed and minced
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Girl Carnivore Over Easy Spice Blend
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp Ancho chili powder
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Crispy onions for topping


Cook the Potatoes

  • Wash and dry the potatoes. Poke with the tines of a fork and wrap each potato in foil.
  • Place the potatoes over well-maintained embers and cook, rotating every 10-15 minutes.
    foil wrapped baked potatoes directly on coals
  • After 25 minutes, carefully remove the potatoes from the fire and place them onto a baking tray.
  • Allow the potatoes to sit for 5 minutes before carefully peeling back the foil.
  • Brush with oil and season with salt.
  • Wrap the potatoes again and return to the fire to cook until tender, about 25-30 more minutes, depending on the heat of your campfire.

Make the Sloppy Joes

  • Place a large cast-iron skillet over the fire and allow it to preheat.
    Chopped bacon on board
  • Add the bacon and cook, stirring often until crispy.
  • Add the onions and red and green peppers, season with a pinch of salt, and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the minced jalapeno and cook 3 minutes longer.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds longer.
  • Add the cumin, Over Easy, paprika, and Ancho chili powder and stir to coat the onion mixture.
    showing spices in skillet with sauteed veggies and bacon for sloppy joes
  • Add the ground beef and cook, 10 to 15 minutes, until evenly browned.
  • Add the ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire and stir to combine.
  • Allow the mixture to come to a simmer over the fire and cook down for 10 to 15 minutes.
    close up of ground beef simmering for sloppy joes

Assemble the potatoes

  • Carefully open each foil-wrapped baked potato.
  • Cut a line in ⅔ of the way through the center of the potato and fluff the potato with a fork to break up.
  • Spoon heaping portions of the Sloppy Joe mixture on top and garnish with crispy onions if desired.


You can make the filling ahead up to 3 days. Reheat in a cast-iron skillet over indirect heat on a campfire, in a pan on the range over low, or in a microwave on short bursts. 
This recipe is Whole30 & Paleo-friendly. To make Keto omit the baked potato.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 699kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 914mg | Potassium: 1620mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1104IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 6mg