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Slow Cooker Italian Sloppy Joes

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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Italian Sloppy Joes, Sloppy Joes, Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 417kcal
Author The Seasoned Mom


  • 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)


  • 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.


  • 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.


Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1270mg | Potassium: 621mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 3mg