Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours


12 servings

Updated: Apr. 11, 2023
Slow cook your way to a crowd-pleasing entree! Ground beef is transformed into classic slow-cooker sloppy joes with just a few pantry staples. —Joeanne Steras, Garrett, Pennsylvania
Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


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


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef, pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, 8-10 minutes, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in ketchup, sloppy joe mix, brown sugar and mustard.
  2. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until flavors are blended, 4-5 hours. Serve on buns.
Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes Tips

Can you use ground turkey instead of ground beef?

For a healthier spin, you can make slow-cooker turkey sloppy joes instead. However, you'll get the most flavor with quality ground beef that has about 20% fat.

How else can you cook sloppy joes?

To speed up the preparation, cook the mixture on the stovetop instead of transferring it to a slow cooker. Simmer the meat mixture over medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until heated through.

What toppings can you put on each sloppy joe?

Much like hamburgers, sloppy joes can serve as the base for many toppings like cheese, bacon, bread and butter pickles, your favorite coleslaw recipe or even corn chips.

What can you serve with slow-cooker sloppy joes?

You can serve many sides with sloppy joes. Try them with baked beans, macaroni and cheese, potato salad or even plain old potato chips. If you liked this dish, try more of our favorite sloppy joe recipes and other slow-cooker ground beef recipes.

Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 333 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 1251mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein.

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