June 7, 2010


Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

sloppy joe in a bowl

Last week I bought one of those really big packs of ground beef at BJ’s (I think it was 6 pounds).  We had burgers Friday night, and yes, I worked on that burger challenge.   But I still had a lot of beef left over.  Well, Saturday most of us were sick with a tummy virus and didn’t eat, but by Sunday my husband and kids were ready for a meal.  I was anxious to try the new crock pot I bought, and I still had a bunch of hamburger buns (not gluten free for the rest of the family) since I bought a big pack of those at BJ’s.  If I knew we were going to get sick, I would never have bought large quantities of food, but you never know when these things are going to hit.  Anyway, I set out to make Sloppy Joes in my slow cooker.  The picture shows it in a bowl because that’s how I ate it, when I did get around to eating, along with some delicious Udi’s bread.  You could of course serve it on a bun the way the rest of my family ate it.  I was out of gluten-free buns, and I wasn't about to put a picture of a wheat bun on this blog!

This recipe is based on my Mom’s recipe.  It makes a lot so you can cut it in half if you don’t need so much, or freeze some for later use.  If you are cooking for a crowd, you might need to double it.  You can also adjust the ingredients to your taste.

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Sloppy Joes

In a skillet, cook the ground beef and onion until the meat is browned and the onion is soft.  Drain.  Place all ingredients in your slow cooker and stir to mix well.  Cook on low 4 – 6 hours. 

Note:  Today’s slow cookers are much hotter than old ones.  Even on low I find that 4 hours is often enough.  Since the beef is already cooked in this recipe, test the celery for doneness to determine when it’s ready.  If it gets done and you are not ready to eat, use the warm setting if you have one.

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We love sloppy joes. Since going gluten free we have eaten the sauce on potatoes several times and enjoyed it that way too.

I hope you all are feeling much better! We have had it too and I am finally on the up and up.

Thanks for sharing this Sloppy Joe recipe, I haven't had one in, I do not know how long! I have some new GF hamburger buns (Canyon Bakehouse) to try and I think this will be perfect!

Have a wonderful day!
I made sloppy joes in the slow cooker a few weeks ago, but they didn't turn out well. (I think I left it on too long...whoops) I need to try again! Our kids love them, and I enjoy them on top of a baked potato. Glad you all are feeling better!
I have a recipe like this and its great to make for a bunch of people after a ball game or something.
Hi Linda! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Actually, I have been following yours for a couple of weeks now. I found you through Amy at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. Both of your blogs (and a few others) have been a great help to me in this new gluten-free journey I'm on. :)
I make sloppy joes on the stove top, but I do use a "cheater" ingredient--chili sauce. ;-) Your recipe and final product looks good to me, Linda. Sloppy Joes are comfort food. I never miss the bun ... I just eat mine with a few chips. I think I eat far less Sloppy Joe filling that way, too. A little goes a long way I find.

we make crockpot sloppy joe for our highschool lunches sometimes
I love sloppy joes, they go so well with everything and you can sneak just about every vegetable in there. My favorite is pasta and my husband likes them on bread. Right now we've got leftovers on pizza dough in the oven (not gluten free) ;)
Sounds super tasty!
Thanks for linking up!

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