Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes

It’s hard to believe that summer is over. As sad as that makes me…I love, love, love the fall! The kids are back in school, my days are more productive, my hair is less frizzy and I can wear cozy sweaters. How can any of that be bad?

OK, so the one thing about fall, and it’s actually not a bad thing, is that dinners need to be more organized. With everyone busy with school, work and activities, we can’t just throw some burgers on the grill at eight o’clock at night. It’s nice to have some meals that you can either prepare in the morning in a slow cooker or that cook up quickly. This meal gives you either option and both turn out deliciously. The best part is, there are usually leftovers, unless you are feeding a crowd and this reheats really nicely.

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

2 t. olive oil
2 1/2 to 3 lbs. lean ground meat
1 onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic
1/3 C. dark brown sugar
2 t. smoked paprika
1 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
1 t. coriander
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 t. dill
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. red wine vinegar
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
3 T. tomato paste

12 soft rolls for serving

Put the olive oil in a heated heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat. Add the ground meat and break it up while browning it. Add the onions and red pepper and cook until just beginning to soften. Add the garlic and cook for just a minute more.

If you’d like to cook this in a slow cooker, place the meat mixture into the slow cooker at this point along with the remaining ingredients. Cook on the low setting for 4 to 6 hours.

If you’d like to serve this immediately, place the remaining ingredients in the pot and simmer on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve on warmed rolls.

Sloppy Joes


  • Serve this with an assortment of rolls. Try some crusty rolls, soft potato rolls or slider rolls…although, the soft ones are my favorite.
  • Substitute the ground meat with ground turkey and you’d never know the difference! Remember, that regular ground turkey has as much fat as lean ground meat, so look for ground turkey breast. I like to use half all breast meat and half regular ground turkey.


Sloppy Joes


4 thoughts on “Sloppy Joes

    1. Caroline

      Yay! I’m so glad it took you back! I know what you mean…I just started making these a few years ago and forgot how good they were! My kids were like, “why haven’t you ever made these before?”

  1. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    Hi, Caroline! I really love this post, for a whole bunch of reasons! First – warm, hearty, home-cooked sloppy joes – you had me from the very start! And, I really appreciate that you offer two cooking methods, both of which are really easy and perfect for busy families! Plus, your explanation of ground turkey is fantastic. I think that’s something that can be confusing as people are really trying to make healthier choices at the market, and it’s terrific you explained all that! I just love your blog and am so happy to have found it!

    1. Caroline

      Thanks so much Shelley! So glad you found the info helpful. Yeah, turkey can be deceiving…we automatically associate it with being lower in fat and more healthy, but unless your just talking about the breast…it can have a lot of fat and no better than lean beef. I’m thrilled you found me too! Looking forward to following you as well!


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