Slow-cooker Sloppy Joes

Nuvita Biscuits


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 (16-oz.) package ground pork sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 hamburger buns, toasted


  1. 1. Brown beef and sausage with onion and bell pepper in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring 10 minutes or until beef and sausage crumble and are no longer pink. Drain well.
  2. 2. Place beef mixture in a 4 1/2-qt. slow cooker. Stir in tomato sauce and next 9 ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours. Serve on hamburger buns.
  3. Cooktop Method: Proceed with recipe as directed in Step 1, returning drained beef mixture to Dutch oven. Stir in tomato sauce and next 8 ingredients, omitting flour. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Prep: 15 min., Cook: 45 min.

Note: To freeze leftover Sloppy Joe mixture, let cool completely. Place in zip-top plastic freezer bags; lay bags flat, and stack in freezer. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the fridge, or defrost in the microwave.


Recipe Comments

  1. posted by LN13 on Mar 18, 2013

    mini burgers is one.

  2. posted by Rishi on Mar 22, 2013

    My mom is a fabulous cook who has raised us to eat vegetables with almost every meal (french fries don’t count!)…but she left the family. Now I am the only woman in the house. I am seventeen years old, living with my dad and my sixteen year old brother. I did not inherit my mom’s culinary skills at all. I burn macaroni and cheese for crying out loud, and my cornbread is so hard it bounces off the floor…anyway, I’m going crazy. Dad can’t cook anything but sausage and biscuits. Little brother loves to cook (he has already taken culinary classes) but he only wants to cook for himself. So Dad went to Wal-Mart and bought a cart full of “groceries”–frozen pizzas, frozen chicken nuggets, frozen french fries, hot dogs, Fudgesicles, Hot Pockets, sandwich stuff, and vienna sausages. Which is fine for every once in a while. But a frozen pizza once a day? I can’t take it. I need my vegetables–peas, beans, greens, everything–and I need my protein. I literally feel sluggish because I haven’t had a green vegetable in a couple of weeks.

    I’m the only one who is willing to cook…except I can’t cook! I’ve attempted, and nothing works. I have tried pasta, and had moderate success, but my dad doesn’t like pasta. I have tried burgers (a turkey burger for myself because I don’t eat beef) but I really have issues with handling raw meat. I was gagging the whole time I handled the ground beef, and while they were cooking, my patties all fell apart so my dad and brother had to eat sloppy joes without the sauce. I’ve also done Hamburger Helper, but once again, the meat is an issue. So–do you have any ideas for easy, healthy, quick dinners that anyone can cook? I need to make sure we’re all getting our nutrients, and I’m in all AP classes so I don’t have time to make something elaborate like meat loaf because I have so much studying to do.

    My family really likes:
    Mexican and Asian cuisine
    Vegetables…lots and lots of vegetables
    Southern foods–fried chicken, chicken pot pie, black eyed peas and ham, red beans and rice, etc.

    We’re not picky eaters–I don’t like beef or fish and Dad doesn’t like pasta. That’s it.

    Also, do you have any tips on how to get over a fear of handling raw meat?

    Thanks for helping us get off the “frat boy diet”!

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