Healthier Crockpot Sloppy Joes

This Sloppy Joe Recipe looks and sounds unhealthy, but it packed with tons of veggies and lean beef! An easy, tasty meal everyone will enjoy!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 388 kcal
Author Lauren Brennan


  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef I used 90/10
  • 1 large onion
  • 2/3 cup baby carrots
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 2 small yellow squash

sloppy joe sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 6-8 whole wheat kaiser or hamburger buns
  • optional toppings: dill pickles, cheddar cheese
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  1. Turn crockpot to high and set aside. In a large, nonstick skillet, brown ground beef over medium high heat. While meat is browning, grate onion, carrot, zucchini and yellow squash using a food processor {or you can do it by hand}. Drain well and spoon meat into warmed crockpot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Replace pan to the heat.
  3. Place vegetables into hot pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute until the water from the veggies has evaporated and vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes. Pour over meat in crockpot.
  4. Replace pan back on heat. Pour in all ingredients for sauce and whisk until smooth. Simmer gently 5 minutes, then pour over ingredients in crockpot. Stir to coat everything evenly. Cover and cook 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve over tightly toasted whole wheat hamburger or kaiser buns.
Nutrition Facts
Healthier Crockpot Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 388 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 982mg43%
Potassium 1025mg29%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 2350IU47%
Vitamin C 22.3mg27%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.