5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Do you use your slow cooker as much as I do? If so, you’re gonna love my 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes.

If I was stranded on an uninhabited tropical island, I’d want one of my slow cookers with me. Of course, an uninhabited island would not have electricity. But you get the jest.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

I don’t know about you, but there’s something about Sloppy Joes that take me back to my childhood. Warm, fuzzy memories of mom preparing Sloppy Joes and homemade french fries on Friday nights just does something to me. I like my Sloppy Joes piled high on a hamburger bun and topped with sliced dill pickles. Oh, and the bun must have sesame seeds. It’s a must.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

I’m well aware that Sloppy Joes can be made in under 30 minutes on top of the stove. But, they taste better when they have simmered for several hours in the slow cooker.

Have you ever used your slow cooker to make Sloppy Joes? It’s pretty much the only way I roll these days.

My Sloppy Joe recipe makes a lot of sandwiches. Don’t panic. You can freeze the leftovers. Let the Sloppy Joe mixture cool completely before freezing. Freeze in labeled freezer bags and lay it flat in your freezer. Freeze for up to six months.

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Brown the chopped onion and three pounds of ground beef.  Drain.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Mix the beef mixture with chopped celery, barbecue sauce and sloppy joe sauce and place in your slow cooker.

Sloppy Joes in the Slow Cooker

Cover and cook on low heat for 4-5 hours. Stir before serving.

Sloppy Joes in the Slow Cooker

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5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 can sloppy joe sauce
  • hamburger buns
  1. Brown the beef and onion in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drain.
  2. Stir in the chopped celery, barbecue sauce and sloppy joe sauce.
  3. Transfer the meat mixture to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

Helpful Hint:  If you don’t eat bread, use romaine, butter or iceberg lettuce to make sloppy joe wraps.

Oven Baked Potato Chips

Homemade fries pair well with Sloppy Joes.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Thinly slice potatoes into a bowl and toss with olive oil. Season lightly with salt and arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until golden brown — about 12-15 minutes. Season again lightly with salt and pepper before serving. 

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What’s your favorite slow cooker recipe?



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  1. robin masshole mommy says:

    Oh fun! I have never made sloppy joes in the crock pot before, but I definitely want to try this.

  2. My favorite slow cooker recipe is anything easy and yummy lol. And those look easy and yummy! My son has all of the sudden decided to not like things he used to like…sloppy joes being one of them! He’s weird…. 🙂 I love them. We’ve got a homemade sauce recipe that is awesome. I’ll have to share and he can just eat something else!
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  3. I’ve been using my crock pot a lot lately. Thanks for a new recipe to add to my list. Those oven chips look great too!
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  4. I haven’t had a sloppy joe in YEARS, that definitely needs to change! I’m obsessed with crock pot/slow cooker recipes at the moment so I can’t wait to try this out.
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  5. I love sloppy Joe’s! We make them at least once a month. I have never thought about putting them in the crockpot. But it really is a good idea. I’m definitely going to try it.

  6. I have never used my slow cooker for loopy joes. Will have to use it and give your recipe a try
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  7. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    My husband and son love sloppy joes! They’re a great weekday meal. This recipe looks so tasty.

  8. CourtneyLynne says:

    Omg can we say yum?!?! I just love sloppy hoes and I swear my slow cooker is my bestie on busy days! Must give your recipe a try

  9. You can be assured that all these slow cooker recipes are going to be in my meal plan for next week. We love our sloppy joes too, but that slow cooker barbeque ribs recipe is just heaven! Yum!

  10. I love a good Sloppy Jow and this recipe reminds me that I haven’t had one in a while!! These look delicious!!
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  11. I havent had sloppy joes is ages! I have never had them with onions and celery but I bet it is amazing!
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  12. Okay, these look and sound delicious. I think I need to try this recipe over the weekend. I know my husband and girls will love them.

  13. Sloppy Joe’s are an all time favorite of mine. This looks a bit different from my recipe, so maybe I should try something new.
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  14. I need to try out your recipe too! The pictures of the finished product seems so delicious and makes me crave for some food! haha, Will try this on the coming days, i guess.
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  15. Bonnie @wemake7 says:

    Oh yum! I love sweet baby rays barbecue sauce. Looks like a perfect pair.

  16. I’ve made Sloppy Joe for my family all the time. I never thought to use the crockpot. I’m so trying this.

  17. These look delicious!!! I love sloppy joes, and I love even more that these are only 5 ingredients! Yum!

  18. I should try making Sloppy Joe. I’m sure my daughter would love it.
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