My Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes are the perfect meal to make for a crowd. Brown the burger on the stove and toss the rest into the slow cooker and let it work its magic.
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
I grew up on sloppy joes and they have become one of my go-to recipes when I need to feed a crowd. They are filling, hearty, and when done right sloppy joes are totally delicious.
You can throw these slow cooker sloppy joes together in 10 minutes, leave them in your crock pot for a few hours, and *poof*! You can have enough food to feed an army.
It took me a long time fine tune this sloppy joe recipe. There are so many ways to customize these, but this one is what we finally settled on. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, tangy, and savory.
How to make crock pot sloppy joes
Start by heating up a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Put in your chopped celery and onion with it. You will notice in this photo a lack of onion. I ran out! I substituted dried onion and some extra onion powder. Season your beef while it’s cooking with some salt, pepper, seasoning salt, and onion powder.
While your beef is browning, toss all the other ingredients, except for the water, into your slow cooker.
Make sure you get the beef good and brown. There’s nothing worse than grey beef.
Toss the browned beef into the slow cooker. Stir it up and add in some water to thin down the sauce a bit.
Cook the joes in a slow cooker for several hours. Serve on buns. I like to serve them with typical picnic sides, potato salad, pasta salad, potato chips, etc. Homemade mac and cheese would go well with this also!
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- 2 lbs Ground beef
- 2 stalks Celery, chopped
- 1 medium Onion, chopped
- 1 - 8 oz can Tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup Ketchup
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
- 1 TBSP Brown sugar
- 1 tsp Dry mustard
- 1 TBSP Worcestershire
- 1 TBSP Apple cider vinegar
- 1 - 2 cups Water
- Brown ground beef with onions and celery. Season with salt, pepper, seasoning salt, and onion powder. Drain excess fat.
- Add all other ingredients except water into crock pot. Place cooked ground beef/celery/onion mixture into crock pot and stir.
- Add enough water to thin out sauce a bit and give it some room to thicken during cooking time. 1 - 2 cups should be plenty. The less time you'll be cooking it, the less water you should add and vice-versa.
- Cook on high for 2 hours, medium for 3-4, or low for 5-6.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 67mg Sodium: 245mg Carbohydrates: 7g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 21g