Crock Pot Sloppy Joes are a delicious choice for a quick family meal. Similar to the popular Manwich brand, this homemade version is even better after being cooked in the slow cooker all day.
It’s been a while since we’ve had our famous crock pot sloppy joes, but it was finally time to give them a try again. They never fail to please the family! They are a perfect choice for busy parents who don’t have a ton of time to work on supper. We have 7 kids who love this recipe. That’s not too bad, since our youngest 2 are the pickiest.
We used to use Manwich sauce all the time, but I have since learned that I actually prefer making my own homemade sloppy joes. Typically I use the crockpot, but when I forget to put them in the slow cooker, I can always make them on the stove, too.
Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
Why is it called a Sloppy Joe?
There’s a story that’s being passed around that tells us the story. Sloppy Joes originated from a man called Joe who was a cook at a popular restaurant. He had a loose meat sandwich that he was experimenting with and he added tomato sauce to it. He named the messier sandwich after himself and called it a “Sloppy Joe”, as the one who is eating the popular meat and sauce sandwich often needs lots of napkins from the mess it can create.
How Can I Thicken Sloppy Joes?
My favorite way to thicken sloppy joes is by letting it simmer either in the crock pot or in a skillet on the stove, long enough to thicken it up a bit. You are basically cooking the excess sauce off, and that will help to thicken the sauce so that it is not too runny.
What Do You Serve with Crock Pot Sloppy Joes?
Here are some of my favorite things to serve with crock pot sloppy joes.
- French Fries
- Tater Tots
- Vegetable sticks
- Potato Salad
- Fruit salad
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT EVEN MORE AMAZING CROCKPOT RECIPES:
- Crock Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup Recipe
- Crockpot Turkey Pumpkin Chili
- Chili Relleno Casserole Recipe in the Slow Cooker
- Cheesy & Delicious Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe
Simple Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
- Brown ground beef with onions and garlic cloves
- Dump tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar and soy sauce into slow cooker.
- Mix it up.
- Pour meat mixture in and mix it well.
- Turn on low and cook 2-4 hours.
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