If you have never made homemade sloppy joes you need to as soon as possible. The homemade version is so much better than the stuff in the can. It doesn’t even come close to comparing.
We love sloppy joes so much that I have several different versions that I make. 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 family also likes variety in their meals. They get tired of the same things if I serve it a lot. Dinner needs to vary and not be the same old thing every week.
That is why I have several versions of our favorite foods like sloppy joes.
This version I am sharing 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 use lean ground meat and 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 as well.
Sloppy joes also freeze great. I just make a double batch, let the filling cool completely, and freeze it in zip top type freezer bags. You can keep hamburger buns in the freezer or just pick some up at the store when you are ready to serve it. It is an easy and delicious freezer meal.
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 apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup flour ( a gluten free flour blend works well)
- hamburger buns or gluten free hamburger buns (We serve them on baked potatoes for a gf version as well.)
Brown beef and sausage with onion and bell pepper, until beef and sausage are no longer pink. Drain fat of meat.
Place beef mixture in slow cooker.
Stir in tomato sauce and next 9 ingredients.
Cover and cook on high 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
Serve on hamburger buns.
To freeze cool Sloppy Joe mixture completely. Place in zip-top plastic freezer bags and lay bags flat in the freezer. Thaw overnight in the fridge, or defrost in the microwave. Serve.
adapted from a Southern Living recipe.