November 14, 2012

{recipe} Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe's

Do you have a slow cooker?  Do you use it alot?  I'm trying to love mine... and work up enough recipes to justify getting one of those new programmable slow cookers.  Why?  Because the idea of walking into the house after a long day and being greeted with the scent of dinner already cooking away is soooooo appealing!

I'm getting closer to liking this method of cooking more lately.  I've moved beyond pulled pork, chili and soup... and now I've made Sloppy Joe's in the slow cooker.

Crockpot-Sloppy-Joes

I've made Sloppy joe's before and they are something I remember loving from my childhood.  There's just something so satisfying about this sandwich... kind of messy and very filling.  It's fun food to eat, and with this recipe it doesn't get easier.  You could use your own salsa or just pick up a jar of your favorite one from the grocery store... go spicier if you like, or keep it a bit more mild like I did.  My Boys are getting more adventurous with spicy food, but I gradually increase the spices in some dishes to see just how far we can go before someone gets turned off.

My Oldest has decided that in order to keep the bottom of the bun from getting soggy, you should eat it "upsidedown"... meaning the top of the bun becomes the bottom, and I've got to say he is right!  There's more bread to soak up the saucy-ness of this sandwich.  I used slider buns and even with normal size buns I think this will keep the sauce more contained... unless, you like having the drips down your hands... and if you do, that's cool... just don't flip your bun the other way.

While putting together Sloppy Joe's is not hard or time consuming, using the slow cooker to do it will free you up to work on the side dishes.  I served up a nice gree salad and roasted butternut squash... more hand's off food once it's cooking.  It made a weeknight evening that was busy a little easier to get dinner on the table.




Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe's

Recipe by Patsyk
Ingredients
  • 1 -1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 10-12 ounce jar bottled salsa
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 - 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
Cooking Directions
  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet, then drain.
  2. Add ground beef and all remaining ingredients to slow cooker and stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low for about 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.
  4. Serve on hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls.


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