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.

3.0 from 2 reviews
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.

 

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Comments

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

  2. Linda,

    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!

  3. Tasty Eats At Home says:

    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!

  4. Brenda says:

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

  5. 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. :)

  6. gfe--gluten free easily says:

    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.

    Shirley

  7. shopannies says:

    we make crockpot sloppy joe for our highschool lunches sometimes

  8. Debbie says:

    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) ;)

  9. Its A Blog Party says:

    Sounds super tasty!
    Thanks for linking up!
    ~Liz

  10. 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.

  11. Kitty Rosser says:

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

  12. suefox says:

    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

  13. Megan Y. says:

    Do you have a recipe for the gluten free buns?

  14. Vicky S says:

    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. :)

  15. Kelly Fleck says:

    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!

  16. Allison Stankovic says:

    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.

  17. Looks really good .

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