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This crockpot sloppy joe recipe is an delicious and easy meal that your whole family is sure to love.

Crockpot Sloppy Joe'sAnyone that has ever been around a little kid knows that they love to complain about what’s for dinner. My favorite is when my three year old says, “I don’t want to eat that, it’s gross!” then ten minutes later, when he finally gives in to trying it says, “This is a yummy dinner, Mama.”….KIDS!

Don’t get me wrong, my kids usually try everything at least once and, for the most part, usually end up liking what we give them, but some nights it’s nice to not have a struggle. That’s why I love this recipe. When they ask me what’s for dinner and I say, “Sloppy Joes”. They say, “YES!”

This healthy spin on a traditional classic combines sweet and spicy for a flavor that the entire family enjoys. We like to use slider rolls because they are kid-sized. This makes them more manageable for little hands and also cuts down on the waste. A win-win!

Crockpot Sloppy Joes (Kid-Friendly!)

Yields: 6 servings


  • 2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (increase to 1 teaspoon if you like a little bit of spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed

To Cook*

  1. Combine all ingredients in crockpot and cook on “low” setting for 6-8 hours.
  2. Crumble beef (I like to “mash” it with a potato masher!)
  3. Stir.

To Freeze and Cook Later

Label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and use-by date (three months from when you prepped the meal). Add all ingredients to your bag. Remove as much air as possible, seal, and freeze for up to three months.  When ready to cook, thaw in refrigerator overnight or in morning in water and and then follow cooking instructions above.

Serve on your favorite roll with corn on the cob or a fresh garden salad.

*You can add all of the ingredients to a large saute pan on the stovetop and cook for 10-15 minutes or until ground beef is cooked through.

Jill Petrush Rogers is an artist and former bookbuyer/seller. Jill recently moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Tom, and their two energy-filled boys. Jill loves to channel her creativity by coming up with recipes as a contributing writer for New Leaf Wellness.

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Is there an easy way to print the recipe and not see the ads?


Not as easy as a print button, which this site doesn’t have, but here are two options:
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This was good but spicy! I used the pepper as written and was surprised- luckily my kids will eat spicy. Just be aware, you may want less than the pepper and chili powder shown—


So do you just put the whole “chunk” of ground beef ( just like it comes out of the package) in the crockpot?

Kelly McNelis

Yep! I break it apart after cooking.


To clarify, for use as a freezer meal, does the ground beef need to be cooked before freezing? I feel silly asking, but I’m now second guessing if I can just throw it in the gallon-sized freezer bag raw…

Kelly McNelis

Add it raw!


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