Thursday, October 14, 2010

5-Star Sloppy Joes

I have this cookbook called, "The Complete Slow-Cooker Cookbook", by Wendy Louise. If you like using the slow cooker, then by all means - get this book! It has hundreds of slow cooker recipes & they all sound amazing. I don't use it often enough...

I recently got the stuff to try sloppy joes. I have not had sloppy joes in ages & hardly remembered what they taste like! But wow. They did not disappoint. They were AMAZING! :)

Makes 6-8 Servings.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (i use evoo)
1.5 lbs. ground sirloin (i used 2.25 lbs.)
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic (i used about 4 cloves fresh garlic, chopped)
2 teaspoons all-purpose steak seasoning (i didn't have this so i just threw in some random seasonings. ha!)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups canned tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste (i used 3)
3 tablespoons light brown sugar*
Rolls or hamburger buns, for serving
shredded cheddar cheese, optional

*the brown sugar was not in the original recipe. something was missing & brad suggested brown sugar. I remembered that sloppy joes do sometimes have a little brown sugar, so we tried it. It was exactly what it needed! :)

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and when the oil is hot, saute the meat, onion, bell pepper, garlic & steak seasoning until the meat is browned & the onions & bell pepper are limp. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients & stir to mix well. Cover with the lid & cook on low for 2-4 hours. 

When it is ready, toast your hamburger bun, top with the sloppy joe meat & top with a little cheese. YUM!



  1. I like sloppy joes and I like to make them in the crock. Might have to try this recipe because sometimes it's just nice to mix things up a bit.

  2. Lillian loves sloppy joe's. I always make them for her homemade, but am always up for something different. I will have to try this! Have a great weekend.

  3. I'm not a fan of sloppy joes, but my husband would love this!

    I would love that cookbook! I was just telling my sister that I think I'm addicted to my crock pot because I've cooked 3 meals this week in it!


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