Slow-Cooker So-Easy Sloppy Joes

A slow-cooker makes this delicious meat sauce unbelievably easy--just add vegetables, beef, chili sauce, and seasonings, and come back later.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 6 hr 15 min
  • Servings 16

3
lb. lean ground beef
1
cup chopped onions
1
cup chopped celery
1/2
cup chopped green bell pepper
1
(12-oz.) bottle chili sauce
1
(6-oz.) can tomato paste
2
to 3 tablespoons brown sugar
2
tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4
teaspoon pepper
16
sandwich buns, split

  • 1 In large skillet, cook ground beef, onions, celery and bell pepper over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain.
  • 2 In 3 1/2 to 4-quart slow cooker, combine ground beef mixture and all remaining ingredients except buns; mix well.
  • 3 Cover; cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours.
  • 4 Stir; spoon beef mixture into buns.

Expert Tips

Sloppy Joes are perfect for busy-day meals and casual dinner parties because the filling is easily prepared ahead. Flavors improve while the filling rests in the refrigerator for up to a day.

Try Sloppy Joe Shortcakes: Bake one 16.3-ounce can Pillsbury® Grands!® Refrigerated buttermilk Layer Biscuits as directed on the label. Split the hot biscuits in half. Spoon the meat mixture onto biscuit bottoms; cover with biscuit tops; sprinkle with shredded Cheddar cheese.

Serve the Sloppy Joe filling over cooked ravioli. Pass the pepper mill and a bowl of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
340
(
Calories from Fat
125),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
),
Cholesterol
50mg
50%;
Sodium
640mg
640%;
Total Carbohydrate
33g
33%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
13g
13%
),
Protein
20g
20%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
12%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
18%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.