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Sloppy Joe topped with coleslaw sitting on a wooden plate.
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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

This kid-friendly recipe for homemade Sloppy Joes is a classic weeknight dinner that's easy to prepare in the slow cooker. Made with ground beef, tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, and plenty of spices for extra flavor these fall-apart sandwiches are ones you'll make over and over.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 10 mins
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 Sandwiches
Calories: 463kcal
Author: Aimee Mars


  • Skillet
  • Wooden Spatula
  • Slow Cooker


Sloppy Joe Filling

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 medium White Onion diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 15-ounce Tomato Sauce Can
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoons Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 8 Hamburger Buns


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the ground beef. Break beef apart using a spatula and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until the meat starts to brown.
  • Add the onion and minced garlic and continue to cook until the onions are soft and the meat has browned.
  • Place the beef mixture into a slow cooker and add the tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, and cumin. Set to low for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Toast the buns in a toaster oven or the oven. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the meat onto the hamburger buns.


  • Use lean ground beef for this recipe to avoid the grease, which if not drained can cause them to be too runny.
  • To take your sloppy joe's to the next level try topping them off with some sweet coleslaw or drizzling some Alabama white sauce on top.
  • To keep the buns from getting soggy toast them first before adding the sloppy joe mixture.


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 4mg