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Slow-Cooked Sloppy Joes Recipe

Slow-Cooked Sloppy Joes Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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hotfudgesundae User ID: 3463962 269199
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2017

"Fast and easy recipe--followed the recipe and also added sliced celery, fresh minced garllic and a little water. Will be saving this one!"

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!"

mistermooch User ID: 3060100 106013
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2010

"I just put everything into the slow cooker and let it cook on low while I was at work -- no need to dirty any more dishes! As a sloppy joe sauce, something was lacking... but this is an AMAZING coney sauce!!!"

lorchen User ID: 3739277 171009
Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"I made this with turkey and it was delicious!"

ahna_mia User ID: 3418687 96222
Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"CAN'T see the need for the 1st pan...typo !"

ahna_mia User ID: 3418687 151773
Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"Why brown in the skillet first? I can see the need for the 1st pan.The gr beef is in the crock pot for 4 hrs...just chop it up,mix all the ingredients and cover.Skim off the top before you eat...Ta Da! Less time spent cooking and less to clean...let's go toast our buns!"

ToniHudson User ID: 2011212 78398
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"The whole family loved it!"

cheezhed68 User ID: 1083106 166518
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2009

"I have the pickiest five year old in the entire world and she gobbled this up! It was delicious!"

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