All-American Sloppy Joes


Soft, pillowy burger buns are the ideal vehicle for the saucy meat and toppings of this comfort food classic.

All-American Sloppy Joes
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
40 mins
Slow Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 40 mins


  • 3 pound lean ground beef or ground pork

  • 2 cup chopped onions (2 large)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 ½ cup chopped red sweet peppers

  • 2 cup chopped celery (4 stalks)

  • 1 12 ounce can beer

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoon molasses

  • 2 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • 4 teaspoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoon cider vinegar

  • Dash bottled hot pepper sauce

  • 16 whole grain buns, kaiser rolls, or hamburger buns, split and toasted

  • Assorted toppers, such as dill pickle slices, and/or pickled peppers (optional)


  1. In a large skillet cook ground beef, onions, and garlic over medium heat until meat is brown and onions are tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.

  2. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine meat mixture, sweet peppers, celery, beer, ketchup, molasses, mustard, chili powder, vinegar, and hot pepper sauce.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.

  4. To serve, use a slotted spoon to spoon meat mixture onto roll bottoms. If desired, add desired toppers. Cover with roll tops.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

403 Calories
16g Fat
41g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 403
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 575mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 34.2mg 171%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Potassium 542mg 12%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 80.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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