Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Last week I bought one of those really big packs of ground beef at BJ’s (I think it was 6 pounds).  We had burgers Friday night, and yes, I worked on that burger challenge.   But I still had a lot of beef left over.  Well, Saturday most of us were sick with a tummy virus and didn’t eat, but by Sunday my husband and kids were ready for a meal.

I was anxious to try the new crock pot I bought, and I still had a bunch of hamburger buns (not gluten free for the rest of the family) since I bought a big pack of those at BJ’s.  If I knew we were going to get sick, I would never have bought large quantities of food, but you never know when these things are going to hit.  Anyway, I set out to make Sloppy Joes in my slow cooker.

This recipe is based on my Mom’s recipe.  It makes a lot so you can cut it in half if you don’t need so much, or freeze some for later use.  If you are cooking for a crowd, you might need to double it.  You can also adjust the ingredients to your taste.

The bun pictured above is my gluten-free hamburger bun recipe.  I like to make a batch and freeze them for gluten-free son and I to use for meals like this.  But honestly, my whole family loves those buns, and I make them for everyone when I can.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes Wine Pairing Suggestions from Wine4.Me

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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
Serves: 12
  • 3 pounds ground beef (I used 85% lean)
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1½ cups diced celery
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar or sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce (Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or San-J wheat free)
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ cups ketchup (I used Wild Harvest organic)
  • ½ cup water
  1. In a skillet, saute the ground beef and onion until the meat is browned and the onion is soft. Drain.
  2. Place all ingredients in your slow cooker and stir to mix well.
  3. Cook on low setting for 4 - 6 hours.
  4. Serve with gluten-free hamburger buns. (click for recipe)

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We love sloppy joes. Since going gluten free we have eaten the sauce on potatoes several times and enjoyed it that way too.


I hope you all are feeling much better! We have had it too and I am finally on the up and up.

Thanks for sharing this Sloppy Joe recipe, I haven't had one in, I do not know how long! I have some new GF hamburger buns (Canyon Bakehouse) to try and I think this will be perfect!

Have a wonderful day!

I made sloppy joes in the slow cooker a few weeks ago, but they didn't turn out well. (I think I left it on too long…whoops) I need to try again! Our kids love them, and I enjoy them on top of a baked potato. Glad you all are feeling better!

I have a recipe like this and its great to make for a bunch of people after a ball game or something.

Hi Linda! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Actually, I have been following yours for a couple of weeks now. I found you through Amy at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. Both of your blogs (and a few others) have been a great help to me in this new gluten-free journey I'm on. :)

I make sloppy joes on the stove top, but I do use a "cheater" ingredient–chili sauce. 😉 Your recipe and final product looks good to me, Linda. Sloppy Joes are comfort food. I never miss the bun … I just eat mine with a few chips. I think I eat far less Sloppy Joe filling that way, too. A little goes a long way I find.


I love sloppy joes, they go so well with everything and you can sneak just about every vegetable in there. My favorite is pasta and my husband likes them on bread. Right now we've got leftovers on pizza dough in the oven (not gluten free) 😉

I am in the process of testing for Celiac and my doctor is very confident that I have Celiac (runs in my family as well). I love sloppy joes and it’s a long time “comfort” food for me. Here’s my challenge, I am a missionary in Italy and I do not have a crock pot, nor the money to buy one. What type of modifications can be made, etc so I can cook this on the stove top. I am still in the learning curve of cooking fresh whole ingredients and will take any advice I can get on cooking and eating whole fresh ingredients (they’re much cheaper here than boxed foods). I am following many blogs now and I am so overwhelmed with all of the advice, recipes, etc. and I am very thankful.

Brea ~ Today’s slow cookers are much faster than the old ones. You don’t need to modify this recipe at all to cook it on the stove top except to maybe hold back on the water and add only as much as you need. Heat the ingredients to a simmer. I would cook it about an hour, but since the meat is pre-cooked, it could be eaten sooner. You would probably want the celery to cook long enough to get soft. Hope you enjoy it.

I’m going to try gluten -free. I have heard it might help my arthritis. Your site might help me to get started. Thanks.

that looks like a great recipe to make. i have auto imnunie with artritis and i am trying to get ready to go gluten free along with my daughter to see if it will help me. right now checking spices to see what are in the ingredents. i saw a cooking spray which says on the back may contain wheat. never thought of that. sue

I made this recipe for years, but never used vinegar or celery. Freeze unused potion and scoop down out what you need, warm in microwave or in pot on stove. Tasty with dill pickles. :)

Glad you’re feeling better! I wonder if your family had food poisoning since everyone had it at the same time. Usually viruses go through everyone one by one so it feels like it never goes away. :) Thanks for the recipe! Love sloppy Joes!

Why on earth would you put Sugar in this. OMG seriously after becoming Coelica with Sucrose & Lactose intolerance I find it incredible how much sugar is placed into recipes & packaged goods.

Thank you for this recipe, it is perfect. I had not heard of putting celery into sloppy joes but WOW is this tasty. I was afraid of the brown sugar in it but it worked well, I may try molasses instead next time and see how that works.

Braggs Liquid Aminos are NOT soy free. I discussed that with a customer service rep from Braggs. When I told them I absolutely could not have any soy, they said they were sorry, but they use soy and I shouldn’t use the Liquid Aminos. I have since found coconut aminos to be a good replacement.

Unless I missed a comment, I don’t think anyone is saying that Bragg’s is soy free. I listed it as a gluten free option. Since I wrote this recipe, I have also gone soy free. I now use coconut aminos like you.

I can’t have soy. Any suggestion for a substitute? Salt? How much do you think? Sounds good, thanks!

I avoid soy now too, and I use coconut aminos found at the health food store. It tastes just like soy sauce to me. (It is found in the soy sauce section.) Otherwise, just omit it and add salt to taste.