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Sloppy Joes – The Best! {Slow Cooker Recipe}

  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x


Easy-to-make and full of sweet tangy flavor Sloppy Joe sandwiches.


Units Scale
  • 2 lbs. of sirloin ground beef
  • 1 cup of chopped sweet onion – like Vidalia
  • 3 tsp. of minced garlic
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1 cup of chopped red, and yellow bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. of yellow mustard
  • 3 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. of chili powder
  • Hamburger buns


  • Cook ground beef with onion and garlic until beef is browned and onion is tender
  • drain fat (if necessary)
  • In a slow cooker – combine, ketchup, peppers, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, and chili powder – mix well
  • Add the cooked and drained beef mixture
  • Stir everything until beef is coated with the liquid mixture
  • Cover and cook on low for about 6-8 hours
  • Serve on hamburger buns or brioche buns



Can I make this recipe in advance?

Yes! Make them in the Slow Cooker earlier in the day or make them a day or two in advance.

Reheating: Place back in the slow cooker and set it to warm, cook on the stovetop (with the lid on) or microwave

Can I Freeze Sloppy Joes?

Yes! Sloppy Joes are a great candidate for a freezer meal. Simply let the meat cool and place it in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Thawing: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave

Do you have to make this Sloppy Joe Recipe in a Slow Cooker?

No. This recipe is easily adapted to cook on the stovetop and is done in less than 30 minutes.

To cook on the stovetop – While following the recipe…Drain the meat and onion mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the peppers are tender. Serve over hamburger or brioche buns


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-8 hours
  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: beef, sandwich, Sloppy Joes