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For a simple and easy dinner that your family will love, turn on your Crock Pot and let these Slow Cooker Italian Sloppy Joes simmer in your kitchen while you pour a glass of wine, help with your kids’ homework, or fold that nagging load of laundry! Whatever you choose to do, the rich combination of beef, Italian sausage, and marinara sauce will be ready and waiting for you when you return! 

A slow cooker sloppy joe on a plate with cheese

What Are Sloppy Joes?

Does your family love spaghetti? Does your family loves sandwiches? Those are two of my hungry boys’ favorite meal options, which means that these Sloppy Joes are the best of both worlds!

Sloppy joes are made with meat sauce that’s normally served with spaghetti but instead is dolloped on a soft bun and sometimes with melty mozzarella or provolone cheese. It’s not the most elegant of meals but boy is it delicious!

These Sloppy Joes are 100% husband-and-child-approved!

A hand holding a sloppy joe with melted cheese on top

How To Make Sloppy Joes In The Slow Cooker

For this particular slow cooker recipe, you’ll want to cook the meat before it goes into the pot. If you don’t want to mess with that step on the day that you’re planning to serve the sandwiches, then you can prepare it in advance.

I often cook the beef, sausage, onion and garlic in the skillet over the weekend when I have a bit of downtime. If I’m serving the sandwiches on a Monday or Tuesday, then I just keep the cooked meat in the refrigerator until it’s time to add it to the slow cooker. If you want to prep far in advance, you can freeze the cooked meat. Either way, it gets that step out of the way and makes your Crock Pot dinner even faster!

A close up of slow cooker sloppy joes on a blue plate

Heck, you could even cook the entire recipe in your slow cooker over the weekend and then just reheat the meat on the buns later for a lightning-fast weeknight supper!

With a melted slice of provolone or mozzarella cheese on top, you’ll have a flavorful Italian twist on Sloppy Joes…made even more convenient in the slow cooker! Again, the goal is quick and easy dinners for a stress-free mealtime, and I’d call this: mission accomplished!

My Top Tips For Making Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

  • Use a combination of ground beef and Italian sausage (removed from the casings). The sausage meat really adds a ton of flavor to the sauce!
  • Remember to brown the meat before adding to the slow cooker.
  • Worcestershire sauce and ketchup both add a tangy flavor to the sauce that really makes a difference so try not to skip them.
  • Top each bun with provolone or mozzarella slices for an Italian twist.
  • Try going for wholewheat buns for added fiber.
  • You can freeze the meat sauce in suitable containers after cooking.

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Slow Cooker Italian Sloppy Joes

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 417 kcal
The easiest way to make sloppy joes is in the slow cooker. It takes only 15 minutes prep and does all the work for you. A super easy and delicious comfort food meal!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 8 slices Provolone cheese
  • Sandwich rolls for serving (I used whole wheat Nature’s Own with 130 calories per roll for purposes of calculating nutrition information)

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown beef, sausage, onion, and garlic. Drain, and transfer meat mixture to slow cooker.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine remaining ingredients to make the sauce.
  • Pour sauce over meat mixture and stir.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  • Spoon heaping portions of meat onto the bottom of each sandwich roll. Add a slice of cheese and place under the broiler (if desired) for about 1-2 minutes, or just until the cheese fully melts. Place tops of the buns on cheese and serve sandwiches immediately.

Notes

  • Use a combination of ground beef and Italian sausage (removed from the casings). The sausage meat really adds a ton of flavor to the sauce!
  • Remember to brown the meat before adding to the slow cooker.
  • Worcestershire sauce and ketchup both add a tangy flavor to the sauce that really makes a difference so try not to skip them.
  • Top each bun with provolone or mozzarella slices for an Italian twist.
  • Try going for wholewheat buns for added fiber.
  • You can freeze the meat sauce in suitable containers after cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 28gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 1270mgPotassium: 621mgSugar: 7gVitamin A: 495IUVitamin C: 6.3mgCalcium: 250mgIron: 3mg
Keyword: Italian Sloppy Joes, Sloppy Joes, Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: The Seasoned Mom
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  1. Spaghetti and sandwiches are definitely a favorite of my husband’s! He loves to make sloppy joes (but we call them sloppy fred’s haha), so I will have to show him this recipe. Love that it’s made in a slow cooker!

  2. oh yum!! This sounds sooo good! I want it right now! Sloppy joes always hit a soft spot for everyone, or at least I know my family loves them!

  3. I’ve never made or even tried sloppy joes (they’re not a “thing” in Australia) but Jesse often talks about them so I think I need to make these! Yum!

  4. I saw this photo on IG and I had to come over here to check these out because I LIVE for slow-cooker recipes, and I live for anything that’s gotten an Italian makeover. These sound so wonderful for a comfort meal! I always love sloppy joes anyway, such childhood nostalgia when I eat them! 🙂

    1. You’re so sweet, Sarah! I’m glad that you stopped by. Slow cookers are my LIFE SAVER these days, so I’ve got tons of new recipes coming soon!