Saturday, April 12, 2014

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

       It is that wonderful time of the year where we are spending as much time outside in the afternoons, soaking up as much of this glorious weather as possible and I am spending less and less afternoon time in the kitchen!   Just this past week we have had:

All of the above recipes require minimal prep work or things that can be done mostly in advance.   Last night, we had one of our family favorite easy meals!  These Sloppy Joes are nothing like the canned manwiches you had as a kid!  I am not a canned Manwich fan, even though my husband is.  But we BOTH love these homemade Sloppy Joes.  They taste amazing, of course, but the best thing about them, is I can brown the meat and then add everything to the slow cooker and head outside to play with the kiddos or run errands or whatever else I need to do!  When we get ready to eat, our dinner is ready to go!  These Sloppy Joes are slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman's Sloppy Joe recipe and they are seriously a winner!  This recipe makes a ton and we like to have the leftovers for quick weekend lunches, but feel free to cut it in half!  

Sloppy Joes (Slow cooker and Stove Top Recipe)
2-1/2 pounds Ground Beef
1/2 whole Large Onion, Diced
1 whole Large Green Bell Pepper, Diced
5 cloves Garlic, Minced
1-1/2 cup Ketchup
1 cup Water
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 tsp Chili Powder
2 TBSP prepared Mustard (I use French's)
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup Tomato Paste
1-1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Black Pepper
Directions for Stove Top
Brown and drain ground beef, add in Bell Peppers, Onions and Minced Garlic.  Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.  Add Ketchup, Water, Brown Sugar, Red Pepper Flakes, Tomato Paste, Salt, and Black Pepper. Cook over medium/low heat for 10 minutes or until warmed through.  Serve on sandwich buns, toasted if desired.  
Directions for Slow Cooker
Brown and drain Ground beef.  Add cooked Ground Beef, Bell Peppers, Onions, Minced Garlic, Ketchup, Water, Brown Sugar, Red Pepper Flakes, Tomato Paste, Salt, and Black Pepper to the slow cooker.  Cook on low for 4 - 6 hours.  Serve on Sandwich Buns, Toasted if desired.  

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  1. I've never had a Sloppy Joe but these look very tasty!

    1. Don't try the canned ones!
      HA ;-)

  2. Looks great, always looking for new mince recipes!

  3. Replies
    1. Me too Kecia! Especially the homemade kind! <3

  4. What a super easy, yummy dish Brandi!

  5. I want to eat at your house! Another great recipe to try, especially since I've been trying more slow cooker meals.

    1. I always find myself using the slow cooker a bunch this time of year! The weather is just too nice to spend all afternoon in the kitchen! <3

  6. Looks Sloppy! And that is how it should look! Yummy!!

  7. I haven't had a sloppy joe forever!! I am going to have to change that!!

  8. I just need to try this! It is seriously delicious!

  9. This sounds really yummy. I used to make sloppy joe's many years ago, my girls and grampy loved it then, but after a while I stopped making them. I bet my grandsons would love this now. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love this! We don't have sloppy Joes here in NZ so I am looking forward to trying this recipe as my first ever Sloppy Joes! :)

  11. I can read the ingredients and tell this is good. I love them all!

  12. G'day! ABSOLUTELY LOVE Sloppy Joes! Have wonderful childhood memories! Looks YUM Brandi!
    Cheers! Joanne

  13. They look amazing and sound delicious! thank you for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday! Hope to see you next week!

  14. These look absolutely awesome! I love that they can be made in the slow cooker, too!

  15. I make a similar Sloppy Joe recipe as well. You can see it in my free recipe index on the blog. Now, what I love about these recipes is that we aren't out spending money on packets. It's dead easy to create meals like this at home. Using the slow cooker is an option I didn't mention in my recipe but you can easily do it as you mention. I look forward to trying it. Mr.CBB

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