I like variety in my cooking. I like to keep things interesting by always trying new versions of recipes. It helps keep cooking fun and interesting. My husband also like variety in his meals. He gets tired of the same foods. If I serve something a lot, it needs to be a different version. This is why I have several versions of our favorite meals. I make a regular meatloaf and a Mexican meatloaf. I have three or four different pancake recipes that I use. I have three or four chili recipes that I make. We get bored with the same things over and over again.
I also like to keep trying new things, to find a better recipe. I like to compare things and see what makes their recipe different than mine. I like to see how I can make mine better.
This Sloppy Joe recipe is an example of those things. We like Sloppy Joes and I have several versions that I make. But I like to find new recipes that change things a little. I like Sloppy Joes because you can make a big batch and eat it one night and freeze the rest.
This version is a little different because it is a crock pot recipe and it has sausage in it. I like the fact that I can put everything in the crock pot and leave it for a few hours. I think the trick to making Sloppy Joes in the crock pot though is to add a little flour. It helps thicken the sauce up a little bit. This recipe has sausage in it, which I like because it is different but you can easily use all beef.
For more Crock Pot recipes see Slow Cooking Thursday.
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 pound package ground pork sausage
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 8 hamburger buns, toasted
Brown beef and sausage with onion and bell pepper in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring 10 minutes or until beef and sausage crumble and are no longer pink. Drain well.
Place beef mixture in a 4 1/2-qt. slow cooker. Stir in tomato sauce and next 9 ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours. Serve on hamburger buns.
To freeze leftover Sloppy Joe mixture, let cool completely. Place in zip-top plastic freezer bags; lay bags flat, and stack in freezer. Thaw overnight in the fridge, or defrost in the microwave.
adapted from a Southern Living recipe.