Slow-Cooker Pizza Joes

Serve two kid favorites in one with pizza sauce, pepperoni, and more added to ground beef sauce for sandwich buns.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 6 hr 25 min
  • Servings 18

2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2
medium onions, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2
cup chopped green bell pepper (1/2 medium)
2
jars (14 oz each) pizza sauce
1
package (3.5 oz) sliced pepperoni, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1
teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
18
sandwich buns, split
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (2 oz)

  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook ground beef and onions over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 2 Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Spoon beef mixture into slow cooker. Stir in bell pepper, pizza sauce, pepperoni, basil and oregano.
  • 3 Cover; cook on Low setting 4 to 6 hours.
  • 4 To assemble sandwiches, spoon about 1/3 cup beef mixture onto bottom halves of buns. Top each with scant 2 tablespoons cheese. Cover with top halves of buns.

Expert Tips

For mini sandwiches that are more appropriate for appetizers, serve the meat mixture and cheese on dollar buns.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
320
(
Calories from Fat
145),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16g
16%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
630mg
630%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
18g
18%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
16%;
Iron
14%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.