Crock Pot Sloppy Joes for a Crowd

"I made these for a potluck at work and they were a definite hit! One thing I didn't put in the recipe: instead of using 1 bell pepper, I usually use 1/2 cup of tri-pepper mix. It's just red, yellow and green bell peppers, already diced. Publix sells it in their produce section. It's a real time saver!"
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Ready In:
6hrs 20mins




  • Brown the hamburger with the onions, garlic and peppers until the meat is cooked and the onions are clear.
  • Drain well (I just leave mine in the colander draining while I prepare the sauce).
  • In the crock pot, whisk together all the remaining ingredients.
  • Fold in the hamburger mixture. Stir to coat.
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

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  1. JKompelien
    Although I am not particularily fond of "red sauce" BBQ's when I saw this recipe I had to try! and I did... I went out on a limb and made this for my husband's surprise 50th Birthday Party.. I figured the recipe for 60.. then doubled a single recipe x2 if that makes sense. It was delicious and even better a day later... I didn't use the nutmeg and I was short on tomato sauce but will even cut back on liquid somehow next It was a little runnier than I like... With that being said... 5 STARS!! EXCELLENT and thank you very much for posting!
  2. Nicole F.
    It was a definite crowd pleaser. The perfect mix of flavor.
  3. Linky
    Great! I omitted the brown sugar and they were still perfect! I used cider vinegar - maybe that added a little sweetness to compensate for no sugar??
  4. sneustel
    I made this recipe for a potluck. I had staff and clients join. Everyone loved it! What a great recipe. I will be giving my Mom this recipe to feed a bunch of hungry hunters at hunting camp this fall! Wonderful!


I'm an Arkansas native but spent my teen-aged years in Memphis. I have four grown sons and 12 grandchildren. I currently live in Chattanooga, TN and cook mainly for just two, which has been quite an adjustment!
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