I feel like there’s so many things I could say right now about slow cooker sloppy joes. But I guess I’ll just start by saying… They’re AMAZING! Not only are they a super simple crock pot meal, but they can also be quite nutritious and filling too! (Which makes them the perfect weeknight meal if you ask me.)
Especially this recipe! Before, my family would just buy the can of sloppy joe mix, mix it with some ground hamburger and call it a day. And it was… ok. But it always felt so heavy and processed to me. Not this one though!
Here’s just a few reasons why I love this healthier version:
- Ground turkey: Most sloppy joe recipes call for ground beef (which is totally fine if that’s something you like). I personally prefer ground turkey though because it doesn’t get as greasy or feel as heavy as using beef
- Pepper & Onions: Hello veggies! I don’t remember seeing that in the original store bought mix!
- Less salt: Ever look at how much sodium is in the sloppy joe can? Making it at home allows you to tailor the salt content so you WON’T bloat up like a balloon afterwards
Another thing I love about sloppy joes? Who says you just have to put it on a bun?? My favorite way (believe it or not) is to have them with homemade potato chips. So basically it becomes like deconstructed sloppy joe nachos. (Best idea ever right? 🙂 )
More Ideas for Serving:
- Top them over noodles or zoodles (zucchini noodles) as a pasta sauce
- Top them over spinach
- Stuff them in a sweet potato or regular potato
- Stuff them in a bell pepper
- Eat them with sweet potato chips or regular potato chips
The list goes on and on! But I promise if you give them a try you’ll fall in love with them too!
Paleo Version: Sub coconut sugar for brown sugar and leave out the Worcestershire sauce.
**Side Note: Who named them “Sloppy Joes” anyway? Like who is this Joe? Why is he so sloppy?? How can I get in on this name calling thing?!**
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
- 2.5 lbs ground turkey
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 15 oz. cans tomato sauce
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsps Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- Cook ground turkey in a saute pan until done. Transfer to the crock pot.
- Saute bell peppers and onions slightly until just tender. Transfer to the crockpot.
- Add garlic, tomato sauce, paprika, salt, pepper, Worcestershire and sugar to the crock pot. Stir to fully combine.
- Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Serve with your favorite buns, or chips or top it over some spinach.