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

This slow cooker Sloppy Joes puts that canned stuff to shame.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 585kcal
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
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 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.


Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1146mg | Potassium: 649mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 571IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.