Slow Cooker Kid’s Sloppy Joe

This slow cooker kid’s Sloppy Joe is the easiest recipe ever. The beef soaks up all that great seasoning after a few hours in the crockpot, making it better than the old skillet version in my opinion. I don’t know where it went, but summer up and left and it got cool, fast. I instantly went into hunker-down, comfort food mode. One of my all-time favorite cooler weather foods is a Sloppy Joe. Messy, beefy, tasty sandwiches. You can’t beat that.

Slow Cooker Kid's Sloppy Joe

I don’t put anything on my slow cooker kid’s Sloppy Joe. No cheese. No extra onions. And no jalapenos. Nothing. I keep it simple, like I remember as a kid. This isn’t the time for fru-fru, this is the time for good ole eats.

Now, I do have one sort of indulgence. I have to toast my buns. I just cannot stand soggy slow cooker kid’s Sloppy Joe buns. The longer that saucy sauce sits the more the buns soak it in and they get soggy and mushy. As a kid I would request (nicely of course) that my mom get my hamburger buns extra crispy. Not burned, just crispy.

Also try my grown-up Sloppy Joes and my crazy-good open-faced garlic toast Sloppy Joes. Or my even more grown-up mango jalapeno version!

Slow Cooker Kid's Sloppy Joe
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Slow Cooker Kid’s Sloppy Joe

I like to keep these simple, like I remember as a kid.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot, sandwich, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 12
Calories 394kcal




  • Brown the meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it apart as it cooks. Drain any excess grease.
  • Add the bell pepper, ketchup, Sloppy Joe seasoning mix and mustard to a large slow cooker that has been sprayed lightly with non-stick spray.
  • Add the cooked beef and stir well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve over buns (toasted if desired).


Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 636mg | Potassium: 421mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.