Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes!

I haven’t posted in a LONG time. This recipe is one I actually made 3 weeks ago too! And probably one of the last things I cooked.

My husband and I have been so busy as the final few weeks of this pregnancy approach that we haven’t been cooking anything original – just things we have done in the past that were fast and easy. Or defrosting leftovers to make room for new things I am planning to make and freeze. (I’m one step closer to that – we actually bought a bunch of different ground meats to work with!)

Anyway, this sloppy joe recipe was actually delicious! I hated sloppy joes… my husband made me try the Manwich kind for the first time when we started living together and I just wasn’t into it. But when I saw this slow cooker recipe on MomsWhoThink.com, I knew I wanted to try it.

We first ate it as sandwiches, but I also used it to put over leftover pasta and it was a great topper for that too! So this recipe is pretty versatile for the way you can eat it.

Being a slow cooker recipe, it is very easy to make, and this one is a “set and forget” recipe, you do not need to do anything in the middle while cooking. I definitely recommend this one!

And now, the recipe: (as usual, I made half of what is listed below)


3 lbs. ground beef, browned and drained
1 onion, finely chopped
1 green pepper, chopped (I actually used red)
28 oz can tomato sauce
¾ cup ketchup
3 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
8 sandwich buns


Combine all ingredients except for sandwich buns in the slow cooker. You can grease your slow cooker if you want. I did for the first time, and I felt it made it harder to clean.

Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. (If you put the meat in raw, cook longer until brown!)

Service in sandwich buns and top with shredded cheese if desired.

The first time we ate them, we did not use cheese but the second time we did. Yum! When I also used this over pasta, I put Parmesan cheese on and that was delicious!!
Definitely try this one out – maybe I’ll use some more of my ground beef to make more and freeze so we can eat it when the baby is here!

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