Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

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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!

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. You can even turn them into these delicious sloppy joe sliders!

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.

5 from 5 votes
Review Recipe


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
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!


  • 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

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

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information does not include rolls or buns.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 192, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 548mg, Potassium: 604mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 600IU, Vitamin C: 23.3mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 3mg
Keyword slow cooker sloppy joes

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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!

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  1. Made these sloppy joes about 2 weeks ago and they were delicious! Heading to a secret santa party and am making them again! Would HIGHLY suggest trying these even thou they do take a little extra time and ingredients than your canned version!

  2. I wouldn’t make any changes to this recipe because while it was good, it wasn’t good enough to want leftovers. I had to leave out tomato paste, celery and replace Worcestershire with a little soy sauce and liquid smoke. I thought it was very good initially, just wasn’t enthused with the leftovers. Stick to the recipe, don’t be like me. ;)

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  4. hello Holly and happy new year! how to make this recipe on the stove top? Dying to try it and don’t own a slow cooker.
    Many thanks

    1. You can make this on the stove top as well. After browning meat, onion and garlic, mix together all sauce ingredients and add to the mixture. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Let bubble approximately 7-9 minutes or until thickened. Enjoy!

  5. Had a family get together as we cleaned out our childhood home. Wanted something easy quick and tasty when I came across your sloppy joe recipe. Fabulous!  Everyone loved them and wanted the recipe. Tastiest and most satisfying “joes” ever. 5 stars

  6. I was reluctant to get hooked on this recipe because there are SO many ingredients but it is worth it. The best sloppy joes you will ever make!

  7. I had family from out of town visiting and I wanted to make something in the crockpot that everyone would like. Came across your sloppy joe recipe. It was very delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. OMG! WOW this is a wonderful recipe Holly!!! My husband and I have gave up Sloppy Joe’s for over a year now. Tried so many other recipe’s and they just never met our taste. Came across your website 2 weeks ago and tried one of your other recipe’s, ( Taco Tater Tot Casserole) my husband and I were very pleased with that dish. So when I found you had a Sloppy Joe recipe I just had to try it. We now have found the taste we have been looking for. There’s only the two of us but made the recipe exactly as shown. So glad I did, now we have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. We’ll never miss having Sloppy Joe’s again. Thank you Molly!

  9. I made this for a crowd, doubled the recipe. Everyone loved it! Has a little kick to it but super nice favor. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  10. I used to make chili with these ingredients a long time ago, i lost the recipe… so to try to do it again should i use a tomato paste or sauce ? I know i used diced tomatoes and i believe i added some garlic powed or onion powder.. maybe both lol along with beans of course . Does this sound about right to convert sloppy Joes to chili ? My kids like the sloppy joe taste with the added cozy feeling of a chili type !!! I dont remeber the measurements of them either . Do you have any thoughts.

    1. I’ve only made the recipe as written with tomato paste, to make a chili you’d want to add tomato sauce or pasta sauce (less tart). Let us know how it goes for you!!

  11. Best sloppy joes ever!!   Husband ate four and never eats more than two.  This is my new go to recipe for joes.  Changed one thing – used equal amounts of poblano and green pepper for the 1-1/2 cups.  Very good, gave it a little kick.  Thank you5 stars

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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.