Friday, July 1, 2022

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

I love sloppy joes, but I don’t love standing at the stove browning ground beef, sweating onions and celery, or stirring occasionally as it simmers. The best way, in my opinion, to make sloppy joes is in the slow cooker. No standing at the stove, no browning ground beef, no sweating onions or anything else. Just crumble the meat into the crockpot, add all of the other ingredients, give it a mighty stir, and kick back and do whatever you’d like for the next six hours. When the filling is ready, drain well, pile it high on toasted buns, and wait for the accolades.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Adapted from

3 lbs. ground chuck

1 large yellow onion, finely chopped

1 c. finely chopped celery

6 large cloves garlic, minced

1 14.5-oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 c. chili sauce

½ c. ketchup

1/3 c. packed brown sugar

2 T. prepared mustard

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

½ T. dry mustard

1 T. chili powder

1 T. cumin

1 t. garlic powder

1 t. espresso powder

½ t. paprika

¼ t. freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste

Play all ingredients into a 7-8 quart slow cooker, being sure to break up the ground chuck as you do so. Stir everything together until the beef is well coated in all of those wonderful spices. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Drain before using; freezes beautifully.

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1 comment:

Linda said...

Looks like a good dish for a crowd. I love sloppy joes but hubs gets heartburn from all the tomato-y goodness. So I need to half the recipe for myself!