I ate my share of Manwich Sloppy Joes as a kid. I was quite sure I never ate enough of them. Well, I can certainly make up for lost time (and meals) now by making this copycat Manwich Sloppy Joes at home. And you know what? It’s even better than I remember. Perfect thick tomato-y sauce. Just a hint of onion and green bell pepper. And the light tang of mustard. And messy. The messier the better!
I do not add garnish to my copycat Manwich Sloppy Joes. Nothing. Nada. No pickles. Skip the extra mustard. And no cheese. Nothing needs to come between me and my Sloppy Joes.
If you think of Sloppy Joes as ‘kid food’ this will change your mind.
Also try my Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes.
Copycat Manwich Sloppy Joes
- 1 pound ground beef
- 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
- 1 tablespoon green bell pepper chopped fine
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 4 hamburger buns
- You favorite toppings, optional shredded cheddar cheese, dill pickles, more prepared mustard
Crumble the beef into a large skillet over medium-high heat and saute until browned.
Drain any fat and add the remaining ingredients except the buns and garnishes.
Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a slow simmer and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Toast the buns as desired.
Serve buns topped with Sloppy Joe mixture and garnishes.
I highly recommend doubling this recipe because it goes fast.
I have been a huge fan of anything Sloppy Joe since I was a kid. Back then I thought there was only one way to make Sloppy Joes: open a can, warm the sauce, slop it on a bun. Well, times have changed and so has my Sloppy Joes. This slow cooker Sloppy Joes puts that canned stuff to shame. Rich flavorful tomatoey sauce with a little kick. I loved the combination of ground beef with breakfast sausage. Different. Perfect. And all so easy to make using a slow cooker.
I topped my slow cooker Sloppy Joes with a tangy vinegar-based Delta cole slaw. I liked the crunchy contrast. The vinegar in the slaw complimented the vinegar in the meat sauce. I think a creamy cole slaw would have made the sandwiches too creamy. I never thought I’d say that but like I said, my Sloppy Joe game has risen to a whole new level now.
Also try my delicious Bayou Sloppy Joes.
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
Servings 8 servings
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork breakfast sausage I used spicy
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1/2 medium green bell pepper chopped
- 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water plus more if needed
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 8 hamburger buns toasted if desired
Crumble the beef and sausage into a Dutch oven over medium-high heat and cook until just starting to brown.
Add the onion and bell pepper and continue cooking until the meats are done. Drain any excess fat.
Transfer meat mixture to a slow cooker on low heat.
Stir in all of the remaining ingredients except for the buns.
Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Add more water, a little at a time, if the mixture gets too thin.
Serve over toasted buns.