Mmm, mmm, I love an easy weeknight dinner that is hearty enough to satisfy the hungriest sports’ night practice appetites. These slow cooker sloppy joes take only 8 ingredients and 8 minutes of prep work to make. Spoon them up on a ciabatta roll or a hamburger bun with a leafy green on the side (or just pickles) to balance it out.
I kept this recipe streamlined and simple, but feel free to jazz it up however you wish. You can dice the traditional green bell pepper and add it in or finely dice a jalapeno to give it a kick. Mix up your meat and try ground turkey or ground chicken for a leaner dish. Serve it over rice if buns feel too messy. This classic recipe is very forgiving, so make it your own!
I highly recommend using the Instant Dutch Oven for these slow cooker sloppy joes, which allows you to sauté the onions and brown meat in a single pot before switching to slow cook. Only one pot to clean makes it even more of a sanity savor on those busy “gotta get dinner on the table fast” nights.
This meal also work well for the night where everyone needs to eat in shifts, as the Instant Dutch Oven will switch to “keep warm” so dinner is ready and waiting whenever the hungry recipient is ready. I hope you enjoy!
Looking for other delicious “set it and forget it” slow cooker recipes? Try out:
- Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls
- Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
- Easy Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker
Less than 10 minutes of prep time is all it takes to create a hearty and tasty weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy. Say hello to these slow cooker sloppy joes!
2 lbs ground beef
1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 c tomato sauce
1/2 c ketchup
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp Worcestshire sauce
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
buns for serving
Using the Instant Dutch Oven on sauté (or do this stove top), brown the ground beef and break it into crumbles.
Add the onion and garlic to the ground beef and sauté for 2-3 more minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
Serve on ciabatta rolls or hamburger buns with pickles on the side. Enjoy!