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Slow cooker sloppy joe on a bun served with fries and pickles.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

These slow cooker sloppy joes are made with ground beef, tomato sauce, brown sugar and spices, all cooked to savory perfection. An easy crock pot meal that's kid friendly and perfect for serving a crowd.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword sloppy joes, slow cooker sloppy joes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 376kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 2 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
  • Place the ground beef in the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 6-8 minutes, breaking up the meat with a spatula.
  • Add the onion and cook for an addition 4-5 minutes.
  • Place the beef and onion mixture in the slow cooker along with the tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • Stir to combine the ingredients.
  • Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours.
  • Spoon the meat onto the hamburger buns then serve.



Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 517mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 4.2mg