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. 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!

    1. 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. We make my grandmother-in-law’s recipe in our crockpot and LOVE it! In fact, just this week we enjoyed it. I added a cup of shredded carrots to the mix and that was a big hit.

    1. I put shredded carrots in mine too!! It’s great!

  3. Loooks delish! I love my crockpot, but confess I don’t use it as much as I would like.

  4. 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…;)

    1. Leah, thanks for the invite. I went over and linked up. 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. Hi Crystal, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my version of Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes. I will definitely be trying your version soon, even easier!

  7. Simple and messy to eat… My kids would love this (especially my 5 yr old).. Thanks

    1. DeeJ- I am not a big Sloppy Joe fan, but everyone else here is.
      It is a meal that makes them all happy.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Rudi Pittman says:

    Any suggestions how long to cook this if I’m going to use a frozen package of hamburger meat?

    1. 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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