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Classic Crockpot Sloppy Joes Recipe

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Whip up my classic crockpot sloppy joe recipe for dinner tonight. Ground beef, tomato sauce, brown sugar for a hint of sweetness, and more come together for the best homemade slow cooker sloppy joes.

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If you are looking for more kid friendly recipes check these out. Easy chicken club wraps, baked Hawaiian chicken, or slow cooker lasagna

Crockpot Sloppy Joes

Grab your pantry essentials and whip up a satisfying dinner that is so simple! This is the best sloppy joe recipe ever, and it is crazy easy prep.

This recipe is fantastic to throw together when you are in a hurry and want to get dinner on the table. Whip this up in the morning and come home to a dinner ready to scoop up and serve.

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How to Make

homemade sloppy joes in a crockpot

Step 1: Start by cooking your ground beef in a skillet on medium-high heat on stove. Cook until your ground beef is all chopped up and no longer pink. 

Step 2: Drain off excess grease and then pour cooked hamburger into your crockpot. 

Step 3: Add in tomato sauce, red bell peppers, diced onion, brown sugar, Worcestershire, and mustard along with seasoning. You can salt and pepper to taste the mixture.

spoon full of homemade sloppy joe with wooden spoon

Step 4: Stir well and place the lid on the sloppy joe mixture and cook as directed in a printable recipe card, below. You can do high or low on your slow cooker.

Step 5: Once done pile on hamburger buns and dive in! 

My family loved this homemade sloppy joes recipe. It beats the canned sloppy joe sauce you pair with hamburger.

Can I Use Ground Turkey In Sloppy Joes Recipe

Feel free to swap ground beef with ground turkey or chicken. You could even swap with other meats if you want. 

Turkey is a lot leaner so it can be a healthier alternative. 

sloppy joe on a plate

Where Did The Sloppy Joe Come From

There is uncertainty on where the sloppy joe originated from. Some like to believe it was created by a man named, Joe. 

He would cook meat and add in sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire and so on. 

Can I Double This Recipe

You can double this recipe! Sloppy joes for a crowd is affordable, easy and a great one you can meal prep ahead.

If you have a larger crockpot feel free to make as much as you would like. Just make sure the meat mixture fits in your crockpot.

sloppy joes crockpot

What To Serve With Sloppy Joes

Can I Make This On The Stovetop

If you are looking to make this sloppy joe recipe on the stovetop I will share directions.

Cook your ground beef on the skillet. Brown until no longer pink. Add in your onions and peppers, stir well.

Then drain off grease, and stir in the rest of the ingredients, and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Storing Leftovers

So this sloppy joe meat can be stored in a container in the fridge. It will store for up to three days.

Or if you want you can freeze leftovers. Place in a freezer bag or airtight container or freezer bag. You can freeze it flat so it takes up minimal room in the freezer.

Then warm up on the stove top, or toss the mixture back into slow cooker and warm it up that way. Cover and cook on low and allow it to fully warm up.

I hope you all enjoy this sloppy joe recipe in slow cooker. We loved the fresh peppers and onions in this recipe paired with the rich tomato based sauce.

sloppy joe recipe slow cooker

Crockpot Sloppy Joes

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Crockpot Sloppy Joes is a simple way to make homemade sloppy joes. Ground beef, tomato sauce, peppers, onions, and more. Whip up this slow cooker sloppy joe recipe today for your dinner.


  • 1 pound ground beef, browned
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. One the stove in a pan add your ground beef into the skillet and brown and crumble over medium heat.
  2. When the meat is done, drain off the excess grease.
  3. Pour the meat into the crockpot. Add in your onions, peppers, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire, garlic, and salt and pepper. Give a good stir.
  4. Then close the lid on the slow cooker, and cook for 5-6 hours on low. Or 2-3 hours on high.
  5. Once the crockpot sloppy joes are done, stir well and then pile onto a hamburger bun with your favorite sides.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 138mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 16g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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