Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

These Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes are the perfect way to feed a crowd because they can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance.  Ground beef and peppers are cooked in the Crock Pot in a quick zesty sauce for a family favorite meal that’s ready when you are!

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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

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Sloppy Joes has been a long time favorite around here, in fact, my husband requested them as his birthday dinner last month!  :)

For years I made the canned variety of sauce, not realizing how easy (and delicious) they are to make homemade.  A simple mixture of ground beef, onion, green pepper simmered in a quick sauce made of ingredients you likely already have on hand!

While you can make sloppy joes on the stove top fairly quickly, I love this crock pot version because I can prep everything as far as 24 hours in advance.  I find that the beef is more tender and the flavor is better if it’s simmered all day.  Not to mention, it’s perfect to come home to after soccer practice so we aren’t waiting for dinner.

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 If you are planning a party or gathering, these Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes are the perfect meal to serve. Not only does everyone love them, you can have everything prepped and ready long before your guests arrive.

The day of my party, I just simple pop it in my crock pot and a few hours later a meal is ready when we are!  Once it’s cooked you can turn your slow cooker to warm and leave it for people to serve themselves as they’re ready to eat (and slider buns make a great addition to the table as well)!

I use a lean ground beef and drain it before adding it to the slow cooker however this recipe does work well with ground turkey (I sometimes add a beef boullion cube just to add a little bit more flavor if using turkey).

If you’re not familiar with chili sauce, it is delicious.  It is a zesty sauce (it’s not spicy) similar to ketchup but less sweet and has way more flavor.  I use it to top my meatloaf (mixed 50/50 with ketchup) or mixed 50/50 with barbecue sauce for the best rib sauce ever!

When cooking a single batch of this recipe, I use a 4 QT slow cooker however if you’re doubling it for a crowd, I’d recommend a 6QT slow cooker.  And if you’re taking this on a camping trip or would like to prepare ahead of time, you can put all ingredients in a plastic freezer bag or container until it is ready to cook.

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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Holly N.

Ingredients

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  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large onion , chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup celery , chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • rolls for serving

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef, onion, and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  2. Place beef in a 4 qt slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients (except rolls) and stir to combine.
  3. Cook on low 6-7 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  4. Serve over rolls or slider buns.

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These Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes are the perfect way to feed a crowd because they can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance. Ground beef and peppers are cooked in the Crock Pot in a quick zesty sauce for a family favorite meal that’s ready when you are!
These Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes are the perfect way to feed a crowd because they can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance. Ground beef and peppers are cooked in the Crock Pot in a quick zesty sauce for a family favorite meal that’s ready when you are!

Holly Nilsson

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

18 comments on “Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes”

  1. Nothing beats a good sloppy joe for dinner! I love them in the crock pot!

  2. Okay– I know what’s going on my menu!! Gotta make these for the fam ASAP.

  3. I love set it and forget it type of slow cooker recipes and this looks delicious!

  4. Sounds like a perfect meal for this weekend. I love sloppy Joes and do the kids!

  5. I love not special foods for special occasions, my wife requested a pork pie instead of a birthday cake 8 years ago and it is a tradition that has stuck ever since ;) These sloppy Joes look awesome, They are nor something we see in Europe so gotta give them a try.

  6. Can I use regular white vinegar ? I have everything else but the cider vinegar. Would love to get it started today. Thhanks

  7. Delish! Hubby said please make this again! I didn’t have chile sauce so I just left it out and this was very tangy and flavorful!

  8. This sounds delicious! I’m cooking for just my husband and myself so I would cut the recipe in half and was wondering if I would still cook it for 6 hrs on low.

  9. How does this freeze once prepared?

  10. I made a modified version of this last night. Because I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, I halved the recipe (only three of us). 1 lb hamburger browned, half onion chopped, 3/4 yellow pepper chopped, 1 cup catchup, a splash of apple cider vinegar, a splash of Worcestershire, dumped in some garlic powder and chili powder.

    Honestly, it didn’t need more than that. My daughter loved it. My husband came home late for work and gobbled down two sandwiches. I am making this again!

  11. I love this meal too!! So yummy & amazing delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe.

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