Slow Cooker Sunday: Sloppy Joes – 24 June 2012

Slow Cooker Sunday has had a bit of a break, but we’re back and raring to go. My daughter normally eats with her child minder for the better part of the week, but recently it’s been school holidays, so I had to think of things that we all would eat.  So, as I often do, I think about things I ate as a kid.

One of our favourite meals was Sloppy Joes, named for the mess you make while eating them.  I know it may sound gross but it’s dead easy to make and she wolfed it down.  Served with a salad it could be called a balanced meal.  Well it does have ketchup/tomato sauce in it, which is one of your 5 a day.


  • 500g mince
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 Tsp of lazy garlic or 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 125ml ketchup/tomato sauce
  • ½ a red pepper, chopped
  • 30 ml Worcestershire Sauce
  • 30 ml Brown Sugar
  • I TBSP of mustard
  • I TBSP of vinegar
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • Hamburger buns/rolls


  1. Sauté the onions for about 3 minutes, add the garlic, cook for another minute, then add the mince and brown.  Transfer to slow cooker using a slotted spoon.
  2. In a separate dish mix the ketchup, red pepper, Worcestershire Sauce, sugar, mustard, vinegar and chilli powder.
  3. Pour the sauce over the beef mixture in the slow cooker, mix well, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. To serve, put a generous portion on a roll, you can toast them if you like but we didn’t.  It’s lovely with a tossed salad or any green really.
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