How to Make Crockpot Sloppy Joes

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Today I bring you an idea that one of my Facebook readers shared with me a few months ago.

Crockpot Sloppy Joe’s.

Brilliant, I tell you. I’ve made them about 14 times in the last couple of months (I might be exaggerating a little) and my children love them. So easy.

(Yes, that IS a froggy plate.)


  • 1 lb. hamburger meat
  • 1 15 oz. can of your favorite Sloppy Joe sauce
  • hamburger buns

My main crockpot is just like this 6 qt Rival Digital Timed Crockpot (only not shiny and very used). Something to consider-  when cooking 1 lb of hamburger meat in a 6 qt crockpot, it is going to cook very fast.

Take your hamburger meat and place it in the crockpot.

Cover in a jar of your favorite Sloppy Joe concoction- I used Manwich.

Use a large spoon or spatula to break up the meat. I am not a Sloppy Joe fan at all, but the sauce smells so good cooking. It looks like it has minced onions and bell peppers and a nice mix of spices in the sauce.

Put the lid on it and let it cook. I cooked this for 4 hours on high. (It was really done about 3 hours into it.) If you are leaving the house for more than 4 hours once the crockpot is going, just set it at the very lowest setting. Mine has a timed setting of 10 hours. Just judge accordingly.

This is what your meat will look like about half way through the cooking process.

Don’t be alarmed or grossed out- it is normal.

You can choose to stir it half way through, or leave it as is and just let the cooking process do it’s thing.

I choose to stir and get more of the lumps out of the meat.

Once the meat is cooked 100 %, this is what it should look like.

Ignore the crusty sauce around the edges of the crockpot stone. It is normal. Comes off with an SOS pad, I promise.

Scoop the meaty sauce onto hamburger buns- you should have enough for 8 Sloppy Joes.

My kids like baked tator tots and baked beans as sides.


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  1. says

    I love my crockpot.I would recommend that if not cooking the hamburger that you use a very lean ground beef, otherwise you’ll end up with a ton of grease in your sloppy joes. It’s pretty easy to make a homemade sauce too that tastes awesome! Thanks!

    • says

      Debbie, I always buy lean meat as well. That was 90/10. Often times I purchase 93/7. While some of what you see there is grease, most of it is juices from the meat.

      How do you make your Sloppy Joe sauce?

  2. Emily says

    Crockpot liners are the BOMB. I use them ALL the time. It makes cooking and clean up wonderful! I am making these for my family this weekend! Perfect! I think I am going to try using ground turkey…;)

  3. says

    I love sloppy joes. I don’t have them enough. This looks really good and I can cook it in a crockpot BONUS!
    I’m having my first link party tomorrow Cast Party Wesnesday and would like to invite you to come over and share this tasty recipe with us.
    I hope to see you there!

    • says

      I have cooked frozen chicken breasts a million times in the crockpot. I have never done frozen hamburger meat.

      I am not sure how it will turn out, but I would cook it low and slow for like 10 hours. I would check it half way through to stir it and crumble up the meat with a spoon like you do when you are browning meat on the stove in a skillet.

      I am interested to know how this turns out for you. Let me know if you try it.


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