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Slow Cooker / Crockpot Sloppy Joes

Make this simple and delicious Slow Cooker / Crockpot Sloppy Joes recipe for dinner!  After just a few minutes prep, you can walk away for the day and come back to this delicious meal!

So do you say crockpot or slow cooker?  I actually didn’t realize until the past few years that people even used the term slow cooker…I’d never even heard it.  I was surprised when I asked this same question on my Facebook page, that the answer was split pretty evenly between the two terms.  For me, it’s always been crockpot, and I’m not sure why.  I didn’t even grow up with many crockpot meals, and in fact, I didn’t start using my own crockpot until I had kids.  I got our crockpot as a wedding gift and it pretty much sat in our cupboard until the kids got older and busier, thus meal time got hectic.

Slow Cookers make dinners so easy!

And now I really love my crockpot.  It’s such a time saver.  I like to be able to take a few minutes in the morning to prep all the ingredients, then walk away for the rest of the day.  It’s such a relief to know that come the dinner hour, you don’t really have to do much except set the table and serve up.

Anyhoo, welcome back to Crockpot (or Slow Cooker) Week!  This week I teamed up with Tara at Suburble to bring you 6 delicious crockpot recipes.  On Monday I shared a Crockpot Roast Beef and Gravy recipe, and Tara shared a Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce.  And today I’m sharing a recipe for Crockpot Sloppy Joes.

Slow Cooker / Crockpot Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a fun family meal.  Kids love the informal nature of sloppy drippy buns.  But they’re not just for kids…adults love them too!  In fact, this recipe would be great for feeding a party crowd!

Crockpot Sloppy Joes 3{A Pretty Life}

Serve these Sloppy Joes over soft buns, and with corn on the cob, a veggie and dill pickles.  SO good.  I’ll definitely be making these again and again!

Sloppy Joes Recipe Tips:

  • If you want to make a quick version of this recipe, you can have it ready in about 1 hour.  The flavours aren’t as rich as the slow cooker version, but in a pinch a 1-hour recipe is great!  Just simmer the ingredients on your stove at low/medium heat for about 45 minutes, until the sauce is nice and thick.



Slow Cooker / Crockpot Sloppy Joes

Make this simple and delicious Slow Cooker / Crockpot Sloppy Joes recipe for dinner! After just a few minutes prep, you can walk away for the day and come back to this delicious meal!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: -26861535 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minute
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 red pepper (chopped)
  • 1 carrot (chopped)
  • 1680 mL can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper


  1. In a skillet brown the ground beef with the onion, red pepper and carrot. Cook until the beef is no longer pink.
  2. Strain the beef if necessary, then transfer the cooked beef mixture to the crockpot.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the crockpot, and mix well.
  4. Cover and cook in the crockpot for 6 hours on low, or 3 hours on high.
  5. Serve over buns.

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Crockpot Sloppy Joes 4{A Pretty Life}

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Don’t forget to head over and check out Tara’s blog!  She is sharing a recipe for these Maple Glazed Slow Cooker Ribs.  Yum!

Maple Glazed Slow Cooker Ribs

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Have a delicious day!

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  1. Crock-Pot is a brand name of slow cooker. I think people have come to use “crockpot” as a generic term for slow cooker, in the same way people say “kleenex” for tissue, even though Kleenex is a brand name. Also, Band-Aid, etc.

    Thanks for the recipe — looks great!

  2. May I ask why you decide to brown your meat before putting it in the slow cooker? Is there a specific reason to it or can this step be skipped? I wonder because I even see people putting whole chicken breasts and what not fully raw in their slow cooker recipes for just as many hours as you mention for this recipe. I’m just beginning on my slow cooker journey and have LOTS to learn! I have already decided after a few hours of looking at recipes that this will be the first to be made in my new pot 😀 Thank you!

    1. Hi Jami! The only reason really, is that it makes me more comfortable to brown it because it is ground beef. I know a lot of people like to just add it raw to the crockpot, but I’m just not comfortable with it. Also, I like to be able to drain the beef before it goes in. Hope that helps!

  3. This looks delicious! When I leave in the morning, it’s usually about 8 hours before I can get home. Would it be ok to cook on low for that long, and then on “keep warm” for another two? Or would it be better to do the three hours on high?

    1. Hi Paige! I think it would be just fine to cook on low for 6, then keep on warm until you get home. I’ve never tried it so I’m not 100% sure. The only thing I would worry about is the meat burning, but a warming setting shouldn’t get too hot. Good luck!

  4. Hi! Just found this recipe and will be trying later this week. Wanted to ask you if by “Red Pepper” you mean bell pepper? Or a spicy red pepper? Thanks!

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