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Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

Crock Pot Sloppy Joes look and sound unhealthy, but are packed with tons of veggies and lean beef! An easy and tasty meal everyone will enjoy!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot sloppy joes, sloppy joe recipe crock pot, slow cooker sloppy joes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 388kcal
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 rolls or hamburger buns

optional toppings:

  • dill pickles
  • cheddar cheese


  • 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.
  • Replace pan to the heat.
  • Place vegetables into the 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.
  • Replace pan back on the heat. Pour in all ingredients for the 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.


Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 982mg | Potassium: 1025mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 2350IU | Vitamin C: 22.3mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 5mg