Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

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.
Slow Cooker Sloppy JoesI 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

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Author Mike


  • 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.