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slow cooker sloppy joe

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Kyle Fugate
Newburgh, IN

My family loves sloppy joes and I love making them. They are quick and easy not to mention very cost friendly. The only downfall is the small can of sloppy joe sauce doesn't make much and it's loaded with preservatives. I've thought about trying to make the sauce myself but never attempted it because that little can of sauce was so cheap. Besides, why would I want to put out so much more effort for one of my easy go to meals? When I came across a simple recipe I was excited. It took slightly more effort than opening the can of sloppy joe sauce and the flavor is out of this world. I added a hint of buffalo sauce which gives the sauce a little tang without making it spicy. I love that it is a crockpot recipe. I can make it when my 3 month old is napping in the morning and let it sit until dinner.

(2 ratings)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min

Ingredients For slow cooker sloppy joe

  • 2 slice
    white bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 c
    skim milk
  • 2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    onion salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1 can
    tomato sauce (15 oz)
  • 1 c
  • 2 tsp
    brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    hot sauce

How To Make slow cooker sloppy joe

  • 1
    Mash bread and milk into paste in large bowl using a fork.
  • 2
    Mix in ground beef, salt, pepper, onion salt and garlic powder using hands.
  • 3
    Brown hamburger until no longer pink.
  • 4
    Stir in 1 cup tomato sauce and chili powder, scraping up any browned bits.
  • 5
    Transfer to slow cooker.
  • 6
    Stir remaining tomato sauce, ketchup, sugar and hot sauce into slow cooker.
  • 7
    Cover and cook until beef is tender, 6-8 hours on low or 3-5 on high.
  • 8
    Let mixture settle for 5 minutes and then spoon out fat from surface. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  • 9
    Spoon onto buns and serve. Cheese optional.