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 tomato 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 coleslaw. 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 version of these sandwiches and my kid’s version, too!
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork breakfast sausage I used spicy
- 1 small onion chopped
- ½ medium green bell pepper chopped
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- ½ cup water plus more if needed
- ½ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup brown sugar packed
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ 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.
Nutritional values are approximate.