Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Keep this tried-and-true recipe for Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes in your back pocket. These sandwiches are super flavorful and cook up easy in the slow cooker. I guarantee you’ll be asked for the recipe when you serve them!

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I think my mom makes the best sloppy joes around. Her secret? Tomato juice that she has canned herself, preserving fresh sweet summer tomatoes. While I’ve never canned tomatoes myself, I always wish I had a few jars waiting for me in the pantry whenever I’m hungry for awesome just-like-Mom’s sloppy joes.

Our oldest daughter was confirmed last weekend, and we served these Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes after the ceremony to celebrate with family who had traveled to join us. These sandwiches are always, always, always a hit. I first published the recipe a number of years ago and it remains one of the more popular recipes on the blog. So I took the opportunity to update this post a bit and to remind you just how wonderful this recipe is. I do hope you’ll give it a try!

(This post was previously published November 2012. Photographs of these sloppy joes and some of the text were updated November 2016.)

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My sloppy joes have never been any kind of consistent. I’ve always thrown in a bit of this and a bit of that until it comes together, all the while wishing I had a recipe written down. Since we bought this multi-cooker/slow cooker last fall, following a recommendation from my sister Jessica, I’ve been playing around with perfecting a sloppy joes recipe of my own. I love that I can brown the meat right in the multi-cooker, then add all the other ingredients, switch the setting to slow cook, and let it finish on its own. And the multi-cooker is a cinch to clean up. {love!}

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So this is it. This is my Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes recipe, the one I now turn to when I’m craving that classic messy American sandwich. The recipe makes a nice big amount, perfect for inviting some friends over for a casual meal. It also freezes very well for upcoming meals and makes for excellent leftovers during the week ahead. Sloppy joes leftovers are some of the best leftovers around. They make me hugely happy. Grab some potato chips and pickles (I serve both dill pickle chips and my favorite sweet refrigerator dill pickles) – and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Yield: 15 to 20 servings


  • 3 lbs. lean ground beef (I also do a combination of ground beef and turkey, usually 2 lbs. beef & 1 lb. turkey)

  • 2 medium onions, chopped

  • 1-1/2 c. finely chopped celery

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 14.5-oz. can diced fire roasted tomatoes

  • 1 c. chili sauce

  • 1/2 c. ketchup

  • 1/3 c. packed brown sugar

  • 2 T. prepared mustard

  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 T. dry mustard

  • 1 T. medium chili powder

  • 1 T. cumin

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp. paprika

  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste

  • additional salt, to taste


In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef and onion together until beef is cooked. (If using a slow cooker like I own - the Cuisinart Cook Central Multi-Cooker - simply brown right in the cooker.) Drain off fat and transfer to slow cooker. Add all remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Serve on buns - I like to offer regular size buns and smaller dinner roll size buns - with pickles and potato chips. If you have the time and initiative, butter the buns and toast on a hot griddle - this adds great flavor to the sandwich!

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Here are a few more recipes you might enjoy, to go with these sloppy joes:

This post was previously published November 2012. Photographs of these sloppy joes and some of the text were updated November 2016.