Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a perennial lunch and suppertime American favorite — and not just among kids! For a sloppier, knife-and-fork version, add 1 cup of tomato sauce to the beef mixture before slow cooking. You can double this recipe using the same size cooker.


1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 large red bell pepper, seeded & finely chopped
1 large rib celery, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
6-oz can tomato paste
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tbsp light or dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dry mustard
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Dash hot sauce
Dash cayenne pepper
Hamburger buns or other soft sandwich rolls



In a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the beef with the onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic, stirring to break up the meat. When the meat is cooked through, drain and transfer the meat and vegetables to the slow cooker. Add the remaining Sloppy Joe ingredients and stir to combine well. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours.

Taste and add more vinegar or sugar, if desired. Serve the meat mixture spooned into the buns.



4 servings



Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook

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