Crockpot Sloppy Joes- An easy fix-it-and-leave-it slow cooker recipe for classic Sloppy Joes. Just prep ingredients, turn on your slow cooker for a stress-free dinner!
Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
why theyre awesome
Grilling season is winding down (at least here in the Midwest), and it's about time to break out those Crockpots! Start the season off right with these delicious, homemade Crockpot Sloppy Joes. These are way better than your average canned sloppy joes and so easy to make! I assure you, this will be your new go-to crockpot sloppy joe recipe!
This meal is also freezer friendly. If you're freezing, just prep your ingredients, brown the ground beef, and add everything to a freezer bag. Thaw and add to the crockpot when you're ready to eat.
Sloppy Joes vs. Manwich
What's the difference between sloppy joes and Manwich? There isn't one really. Manwich is a pre-made sloppy joe sauce that comes in a can. Some people call sloppy joes "Manwich" because of this. (Kind of like how Kleenex are facial tissues).
How Many Sloppy Joes Per Pound of Ground Beef?
Crock Pot Sloppy Joes are great for feeding a crowd. They're quick, simple, easy to serve, and loved by all. Because they're served on a bun, they also stretch a pretty long way!
The rule of thumb for sloppy joes is that you need about 3 ounces of raw ground meat per person. That means each pound will make 5-6 sloppy joes!
Follow the chart below for feeding a bigger crowd:
- 10 people = 2 pounds
- 20 people = 3.5 - 4 pounds
- 50 people = 9.5 pounds
- 100 people = 18.5 - 19 pounds
Just multiply the number of people by 3 ounces. Then divide it by 16 to get pounds (because there's 16 ounces in a pound).
What to Serve with Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
I always try to serve meals with meat, starch, and veggie. Since sloppy joes take care of meat and starch (with the bun), a simple green salad goes perfectly!
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Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 bell pepper finely chopped
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 3 medium garlic cloves minced
- 1 (8 ounce) can of tomato sauce
- ½ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup barbecue sauce
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Hamburger buns for serving
- In a large skillet, brown ground beef over medium heat, until no longer pink. Drain, and transfer to slow cooker.
- Add remaining ingredients, except buns, to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
- Cook on low for approximately 6-8 hours, until the vegetables are tender soft and all the flavors have meshed together.
- Serve warm on buns.
- This recipe is naturally dairy free.
- To make this recipe gluten free, substitute the Worcestershire sauce for coconut aminos or gluten free tamari sauce, and serve on gluten free buns.
- Cheese please! Serve with a slice of cheese on top for all cheese lovers.
- Storage directions: Store covered in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
- Freezer Directions: Cook sloppy joes according to recipe instructions. Allow to cool completely, then transfer to an airtight freezer bag or container. Freeze for up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl or in a large pot or skillet over medium heat.
UPDATE INFO: This recipe was originally published in September 2014. It was updated with new pictures, videos, and tips and republished in September 2020.
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