Anita said that her mom would approve of these delicious slow cooker Sloppy Joes and that’s all I needed to know. That means they’re not only good, they’re great. I never got the opportunity to have her mom’s Sloppy Joes, but I know that her mom could cook like nobody’s business. The perfect thickness and the perfect beefiness, you’ll definitely want seconds.
This recipe for delicious slow cooker Sloppy Joes makes a good-sized batch, but it’ll disappear quickly. For a little kick add a few good pinches of red pepper flake or some big splashes of hot sauce.
I serve my delicious Sloppy Joes as simply as possible: on toasted hamburger buns, and always open-faced. When I was a little tyke, I would request that my mom get my hamburger buns extra toasty. I liked the contrast between the Sloppy Joe meat mixture and the super crunchy bread. I wasn’t a fan of Soggy Joes. That’s when the sauce has too much time to soak into the bread, getting it … ewww. I also prefer to serve my Sloppy Joes open-faced. You can get twice as much filling in that way. It’s not like I’m going to pick them up anyways!
This slow cooker cheesesteak isn’t meant to be Philly cheesesteak. It’s nothing fancy. Oh you could add peppers or whatever if you want, and it’d be great. But for me, what I needed was something tasty, cheesy, meaty and done with minimal trouble. And that’s exactly what I got. This is a great sandwich any time of the year, but it really hit the spot after I had finished shoveling snow out of the driveway. I was hungry. It was slow cooker cheesesteak time.
You can use fresh ribeye, sliced super thin, if you want. For my slow cooker cheesesteaks I used the pre-sliced frozen ribeye I can find in my grocer’s freezer case. It’s right by the Steak Ums, but unlike them, the steak is nothing but sliced steak. It always comes out super tender and it’s actually very reasonably priced. And as an added bonus, I don’t have to slice steak into thin pieces. That can be a bit challenging.
I came across the idea for these slow cooker down-home chili dogs when I was researching inexpensive lunch ideas for a crowd. We were challenged to feed close to 50 people for less than $100 (before prices went crazy!). It didn’t have to be fancy. But it did have to be good. These dogs satisfied the criteria perfectly. They’re easy, taste great, and are easy to transport. Win!
Slow cooker down-home chili dogs are perfect for those lovers of sloppy, dripping, great dogs. You can also warm these in a crockpot without any additional ingredients. Between the two you can feed a crowd, satisfying those chili dog lovers and those that prefer their dogs a little more ‘plain’. Just set up a hot dog bar nearby with ketchup, mustard, mayo (yes, mayo), chopped onion, jalapenos, cheese… all the favorites!
Slicing your hot dogs before cooking helps ensure that the toppings don’t slide off. And that’s a good thing!
The best way to get super-melted creamy cheddar on top of these dogs is to shred it by hand. Don’t use that pre-shredded stuff. It contains additives to keep it from sticking together and clumping. Those additives also keep it from melting well.