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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes


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Today we are making sloppy joes in the slow cooker.  Now I know you might be thinking, is it really necessary to make sloppy joes in a crock pot? The answer is yes – it is perfect for a night when you want dinner ready. You can have these slow cooker sloppy joes waiting for you when you walk in the door.  It is perfect for a day when you have sometime in the afternoon where you can throw this together, then you can take off for basketball practice, Christmas shopping, etc.

This works for me because I have fequent dr appointments with my daughter in the late afternoon.  I try to get her appointment so she can miss the least amount of school.  I can throw this together and head off to the dr.  Then when we get home I have a nice hot dinner already to go.

This recipe is very similar to my mom’s sloppy joe recipe.  It also makes enough for two meals for my family, so I freeze what we have left for another night.  Then I just thaw in the fridge and reheat.

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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes


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  1. In a skillet, brown ground beef and onion together until beef is cooked. Drain off fat.
  2. Place beef in the slow cooker and add remaining ingredients.
  3. Stir until well combined.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
  5. Serve on buns with a slice of cheese on each bun.
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Recipe adapted from Angela’s Sewing for Sanity.

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Bill M May 16, 2015 - 9:29 pm

I never made sloppy joe’s before I made this today. I I can honestly say that I will never buy canned sloppy joe sauce again. I followed the recipe except for using ground turkey instead of beef and I add two stalks of celery and a just a dab more mustard, wordid add a little more mustard and Worcestershire sauce and I used turkey instead of beef.
They were the best sloppy joe’s I’ve ever made.

Jessica July 5, 2014 - 6:29 am

Love it! This is one of our 6 favorite summertime crock pot recipes for busy mom’s!

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MAmom June 4, 2012 - 11:03 am

try using hot dog buns instead of the hamburger bun for kids…less mess 🙂 I will be trying this recipe this week. Sounds delicious and I LOVE my crockpot too.

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Nicole January 23, 2012 - 2:50 pm

Sounds great! What are the chips served with it in the picture?

jackie January 9, 2012 - 7:04 pm

I made this recipe today and we really enjoyed it a lot – my kids loved it too! Next time I will try it with half the brown sugar only because my husband’s opinion was that it was a little sweet . I loved it though – so it is totally a matter of opinin!

Kim Silva December 14, 2011 - 6:05 pm

Came from pinterest. I will have to try this. My grandmas recipe for sloppy joes was simply hamburger with a can of tomato soup and a little squirt of mustard and stir. It was so yummy. This sounds like it with some added ingredients. Thanks.

Ashley November 29, 2011 - 9:30 am

This looks delicious! I’ve never tried homemade sloppy joe’s before, but now I think I will!