Slow-Cooked Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Sloppy Joes Recipe

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Slow cook your way to a crowd-pleasing entree! Ground beef is transformed into a classic sandwich filling with just a few pantry staples. —Joeanne Steras, Garrett, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 envelopes sloppy joe mix
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 12 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 337 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 1251mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, sloppy joe mix, brown sugar and mustard.
  2. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until flavors are blended. Spoon 1/2 cup onto each bun. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes in Simple & Delicious May/June 2009, p54

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Sandykp User ID: 5645162 265554
Reviewed May. 5, 2017

"It has a very good flavor. I used McCormick's sloppy joe mix. I think it needs some liquid added - water or red wine. Otherwise it is great. I'd probably add celery too next time."

ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 263762
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2017

"This was a great and easy recipe for a crowd. I did use red pepper instead of green. Otherwise, I made it as written"

zaxoma User ID: 135704 263522
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2017

"Very tasty and easy. Only changes were I used a red pepper and added 1 cup sliced celery."

Chigirl49 User ID: 8454786 250503
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2016

"This is an awesome recipe!! delicious"

sarah2830 User ID: 2581651 165550
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"This is a very delicious recipe.There are a couple of things I did different..I browned the beef, onion, & green pepper, drained the grease, added the remaining ingredients & simmered it on the stove top for an hour & I used only 1 TBS of brown sugar..My husband & son loved it!"

jbrzys User ID: 7536494 106017
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

"This was a very good recipe for our pot-luck.

The first pan was used to caramelize the beef, adding flavor."

l2bake User ID: 2030987 166519
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"This is my absolute favorite sloopy joe recipe ever!! I love the flavor!"

jenmaro User ID: 497457 78417
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"This was pretty good, especially for someone who got braces on less than a week before. It was tasty & I used whole grain sandwich thins and made it open-faced and easier to eat. I used dry onion since I don't like onion much. It's pretty high in sodium though & my dad thought pretty sweet. (First ingredient in Walmart store brand sloppy joe sauce is sugar.) I may make a few adjustments, but overall it was a very filling & easy meal for a working person."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 171010
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"This is a very good and easy to make recipe. Thank you for sharing this Joeanne Steras and Taste of Home. :)"

KorriK User ID: 1297551 106014
Reviewed May. 14, 2011

"I will never use another recipe. This was fabulous and very easy to put together. I made it for 75 people for a Cub Scout Crossover dinner and everyone raved about it!"

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