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Sloppy Joes are one of my favorite feed a crowd dishes and are also a great make ahead meal. I tweaked this recipe from a cookbook, I think, to fit my family’s taste and even former sloppy Joe haters had no problems devouring their dinners.
This would be a great weeknight meal because if you need it to it can cook on low all day.
A childhood favorite perfect for busy evenings since it cooks in your slow cooker.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2-5 hours
Total time: 2 hours, 20 minutes to 5 hours, 20 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 small or medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
Brown meat in large skillet add onion and cook until translucent and soft. Season with salt and pepper and drain off any fat.
Place in slow cooker. Add water and ketchup. Add mustard, sugar and onion powder if using. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours or on high 2-3 hours.
Freezer instructions: Cool completely in refrigerator. Label container and freeze. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight or until thawed. Heat in skillet over low heat until heated through and bubbly. Serve.
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