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This Easy Crock Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe is a family favorite. Homemade sloppy joes is one of my favorite meals. Plus with only 4 ingredients your family can have it on the menu anytime of the week!

Close up image of sloppy joes in a crock pot with a brown spoons. Hamburger buns are also pictured next to the slow cooker.
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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes Recipe:

The slow cooker sloppy joe recipe is perfect anytime of the year! It is also great for your next get-together or birthday party.

This recipe easily can be double or tripled for your next party. It is our go to party recipe! From family gatherings to birthday parties this crockpot sloppy joes recipe is so easy to make!

Sloppy Joes is a great meal for family time. If we want something quick, we love making our Pepperoni Pizza Sloppy Joes! My kids love pizza so combining the two, pizza and sloppy joes, makes a great family time meal. Just a few more ingredients, including tomato sauce and we will have dinner on the table.

Close up image a sloppy joes on a bun plated on a white plate.

How to make Sloppy Joes in the slow cooker:

I know you will be shocked with the simple ingredients, but I don’t like to complicate things. Sometimes the easiest recipes are the best recipes. At least, that is true for me. 

I think you will love how easy this 4 ingredient sloppy joe slow cooker recipe is to make.

The crock pot does all the work with this dinner. I come home after a long day and dinner is done. The family loved this easy crock pot dinner.

We love slow cooker recipes just for this reason. I love to be able to put all the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning and know it will be ready for my family after a long day of school and work.

Close up image of ingredients for sloppy joes. It includes hamburger buns, uncooked ground beef, mustard, brown sugar and ketchup.



  • Lean Ground beef (or you can use ground turkey)
  • Brown sugar
  • Mustard
  • Ketchups
  • Hamburger Buns
Close up image of sloppy joes on a bun. It is plated on a white plate with french fries.

How to make Crock pot Sloppy joes:

  1. First brown the meat beef until no longer pink over medium high heat. I really like using a multi-cooker crock pot because I can brown the ground beef right in the slow cooker. Only one pan to clean in a big plus.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 3-5 hours or cook on high for 2 hours.
  4. Serve on hamburger buns.

This recipe will make 8 to 16 servings depending on how big your hamburger buns are. We like the bigger ones, but we also like the small buns as well. It works great for younger kids and for parties.

Close up image of sloppy joes in process in a crock pot.

Have you tried making sloppy joes in crock pot?

I remember making this sloppy joes in the crock pot for the first time and my father was like… where are the seasonings? Because not ever salt and pepper is needed in this recipe!

And I responded, “Trust me, it is going to taste amazing.” After one bite, he agreed. He is a fan of the traditional sloppy joes on the stove top but I think I may have changed his mind.

Close up image of sloppy joes on a bun. It is sitting on a white plate with a pickle and a side of french fries.

Can you put raw ground beef in a slow cooker?

Yes! If you in the market for a new crock pot you should check out the Instant Pot Aura. This makes it so nice to cook the ground beef right in the slow cooker and then put the rest of the ingredients in the crockpot and dinner is done.

You can still cook your ground beef and then place everything in a regular crock pot if you do not own one with a browning option. Both ways, your slow cooker sloppy joes will be delicious!

Close up image of sloppy joes on a bun.

Can I use ground turkey or chicken?

Yes! If you are wanting a healthier twist to the traditional sloppy joes try making it with ground turkey or ground chicken. My guess is your family won’t know the difference and you can serve them a little healthy version to a classic recipe!

Sometimes, I also sneak in some onion and bell peppers and the kids don’t even taste them since they cook all day long in the slow cooker but they still get all the nutrients from them.

Close up image a sloppy joe mix in the crock pot with a brown spoon. Hamburger buns are on the side.

Sloppy Joes Side Dish ideas:

If you are going to make this easy sloppy joes crock pot recipe then you definitely should try some of our delicious sides. I love to serve this with our microwave broccoli or our delicious grilled corn on the cob recipe.

With these easy sides, dinner takes about 30 minutes to get done! Which means more time with family instead of in the kitchen.

How to freeze sloppy joes

You have two options when freezing sloppy joes. You can freeze all the ingredients uncooked and place in it a freezer bag. Then on cooking day you will just add the bag to the crock pot with about a cup of beef broth.

The second option to freezing is to freeze your leftovers. I like to cool the slow cooker sloppy joes and then place in freezer bags. You can freeze the entire set of leftovers or freeze them individual servings for quick lunch ideas

Skip the canned sloppy joes

Now I’m not a big fan of the pre-made sloppy joes, and once you try this easy crock pot sloppy joes recipe I think you will understand why. However, I love the convenience of sloppy joes on a busy weeknight.

In a pinch serve it with salad and some chips and dinner is done. No need to go through the drive through when you have this simple recipe up your sleeve.

Plus after trying this delicious sloppy joe slow cooker recipe, I think you will be staying clear of any pre-made sloppy joes in the future.

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Easy Crock Pot Sloppy joes Recipe

4.98 from 243 votes
You have to try this Easy Crock pot Sloppy Joes Recipe! With only 4 ingredients, this Sloppy Joe Slow Cooker Recipe is still packed with flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 18
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 352


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  • Brown the ground beef and add to the slow cooker.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  • Cook on low for 3-5 hours.
  • Serve on hamburger buns.

Nutrition Facts

Serving 3ounces, Calories 352kcal, Carbohydrates 31g, Protein 17g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 6g, Cholesterol 53mg, Sodium 500mg, Potassium 333mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 11g, Vitamin A 105IU, Vitamin C 1.5mg, Calcium 97mg, Iron 3.1mg

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  1. Linda says:

    5 stars
    I also added some bbq sauce and salt and pepper delish thank you

  2. Carrie Barnard says:

    I’m so glad you loved it!

  3. Kimberly says:

    5 stars
    Husband Loves These! He called them “Rich Man Joe’s!” I had to giggle. If only he knew how easy these were. Cudos to you….

  4. Terri says:

    5 stars
    This recipe totally surprised me. It was exactly what I was looking for, a savory sloppy joe. The can recipe is way too sweet. I even added chopped onion, several tablespoons minced garlic, and Worcestershire sauce to the beef while browning. It was sooo good. The whole family ate it up, even the picky eater of the family.

  5. Dee Dee says:

    4 stars
    Made this yesterday. I was concerned the brown sugar would make it sweet but it kinda mellows out the mustard and ketchup. Added a few dashes of worcestershire. I did not use a crockpot though. Just made it in a Dutch oven and let it simmer for over an hour. Didn’t see the point of the crockpot since I had to brown all that ground beef. One pot! Will make again. Really yummy.

  6. Vickie says:

    I would recommend doubling the recipe if you’re feeding a large family. Other than that, this recipe is very tasty and a huge hit with our crew!

  7. LADY MICHIGAN says:

    5 stars
    Nice traditional recipe. Except easier in crock pot.
    I do add bit of Worcester sauce. And a pinch of corn starch diluted in 3 T of water
    Solidifies and helps if there is a little fat residue from ground beef

  8. Eric Kristmanson says:

    5 stars
    Very good and easy to make.

  9. Barb says:

    5 stars
    Triied it today, it is awesome. So easy to do.

  10. Megan Reasoner says:

    5 stars
    I no longer make Sloppy Joe’s any other way! GREAT flavor!

  11. Heather Franklin says:

    5 stars
    Love, love, love this recipe. Easy to put together, and my picky eaters don’t complain.

  12. Mary says:

    5 stars
    I love this sloppy joe . I can eat it over and over. I do not like the can sloppy joe and can not eat it. So I would rate this recipe a 10

  13. Carrie says:

    Yes, that would work great and be very easy too!

  14. Katelyn says:

    Can I make this recipe just on the stovetop? For a quick dinner.

  15. Carrie says:

    Yes, you can. I would cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.

  16. Amber says:

    Can you make this is a pressure cooker?

  17. Bridget says:

    Do you drain the beef after you cook and before you put it into a crockpot?

  18. Carrie says:

    Yum! That sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Serina says:

    I made these and I used turkey meat and I added a little baby rays maple bbq sauce! It was delicious!

  20. susan m watts says:

    Sounds good, never made with mustard and brown sugar, going to give it a try, but will add onions and bell pepper to it! Thanks for your awesome recipes!!

  21. Carrie says:

    If you are using 1 lb of ground beef, I would use 1/8 cup brown sugar and mustard and 1/2 cup of ketchup. You can definitely leave the mustard out if you don’t like it. Thanks.

  22. Haley says:

    Hi! I’m cooking for two so going to use 1lb of meat, what measurement of the ingredients do you recommend? Will it make a huge difference without the mustard both me and my husband don’t love mustard.

  23. Carrie says:

    Great – Thanks for sharing!

  24. Anne says:

    As I live in UK had never made before. Big hit!! Will be making again delicious.

  25. Taryn Starck says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for this delicious and affordable recipe! I used it for a family gathering in December and it was devoured. I have another family gathering today and I’ll be making this again but DOUBLING the recipe! Definitely an easy, filling, and comforting meal to feed a crowd.

  26. Carrie says:

    Dorothy – On mine there is a “stove top” option. That’s the setting that I use to brown ground beef and I do that with the lid off. I hope you’re loving your Ninja as much as I love mine 🙂

  27. Dorothy Ewald says:

    Hi there I am new with this ninja cooker could you please tell me how do you use one to cook ground beef on what setting & do you put lid on it?

  28. Carrie says:

    Hi, Alexis , I would start with about 1/4 cup brown sugar and mustar, 1 cup ketchup. Then adjust as needed to get the consistency you like, thanks so much

  29. Alexis says:

    If I’m using less beef, like 2 lbs, how much brown sugar, mustard and ketchup do I use?

  30. Carrie says:

    I usually use 90 percent ground beef so its not necessary, it really just depends on your meat. But if you have a lot of fat I would definitely drain.

  31. Roger says:

    5 stars
    These are great, I made them for family gathering . So easy and ready when we were ready to eat

  32. Sue Johnson says:

    Do you drain fat off ground beef?

  33. Peggy White says:

    4 stars
    Looks delicious going to make I hope this weekend!