Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes Recipe

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On hot summer days, this cooks without heating up the kitchen while I work on the rest of the meal. It's easy to double or triple for crowds, and if there are any leftovers, you can freeze them to enjoy later. —Carol Losier, Baldwinsville, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 324 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 1313mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef, celery and onion over medium-high heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Stir in chili sauce, brown sugar, pickle relish, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until heated through and flavors are blended. Spoon meat mixture onto bun bottoms. Replace tops. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes in Simple & Delicious May/June 2008, p42

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Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"Good and easy. I had no chile sauce, so used a can of tomato sauce to go with 1 pound of ground beef. I added some chili powder for flavor's sake. I love simple recipes like this one that lend themselves to lots of variations. The possibilities are endless!"

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2015

"Fantastic! Easy! Delicious! I will make these again."

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

"very good I add red pepper"

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2015

"Great recipe and its wonderful to make it in a slow cooker for hot Summer months or anytime of the year for that matter. Cut the sugar down for health reasons, however, followed the recipe exactly & was still yummy. For the reviewers who mentioned their husbands didn't like this recipe, it doesn't mean that the recipe is not good & its merely an opinion.

Carol, THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to share your recipe with us."

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2015

"Not really sure why anyone would want to dirty up a slow cooker when there's a perfectly good skillet there already in use, but great recipe! Especially with less sugar and more heat. :)"

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