Easy homemade sloppy joes cooked in your crock-pot! Because everyone loves sloppy joe night – including me.
I grew up eating sloppy joes and still do from time to time except today I make them from scratch. The recipe is stupid easy, fast and tastes exactly alike – if not better than the stuff I grew up with.
The sauce is made of ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder and paprika along with chopped fresh bell peppers and onions. Simply mix it all together in your slow-cooker, toss in the ground beef and let it work its’ magic.
I prefer browning the beef first rather than placing it in the slow-cooker raw. It definitely adds more flavor and texture plus you can drain off the grease instead of having it float around in your sloppy joes.
I know this adds another step when the slow-cooker is supposed to make things easier but you can work on the sauce simultaneously so it won’t really add much more time to your prepping – just a dirty pan.
Everyone will be at the table on sloppy joe night! I may show up too.
|Easy Crock-Pot Sloppy Joes|| |
- 1 + ¼ pounds ground beef
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 + ⅓ cups ketchup
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅔ cup water
- soft hamburger or sandwich rolls for serving
- In a large frying pan brown the ground beef breaking it apart as it cooks. Remove from heat and drain off the grease.
- To a 4 quart or similar sized slow-cooker add the rest of the ingredients except the rolls. Stir until well combined.
- Add the ground beef and stir again until coated with the sauce.
- Cook on high 3 - 4 hours or low 6 - 8. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
- Serve on toasted rolls.
Nutrition info based on six servings without the roll.
11 SmartPoints | 8 PointsPlus