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Slow Cooker Chipotle Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Chipotle Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Chef Resha
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 large sandwiches


The easiest, and most flavorful sloppy joes you’ll ever have!



For the sloppy joes

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 12ounce bottle Heinz Chili Sauce
  • 1 8ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped fine
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 6ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 heaping tablespoon yellow mustard

For the fried onions

  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced into thin rings/strings
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • Oil for frying
  • Fine sea salt to taste


  • Baby greens for topping (optional)
  • Brioche buns, buttered and toasted
  • Cheese for topping (optional)


Equipment used: Cast iron skilletCrock Pot

For the sloppy joes

  1. Place a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When it’s really hot, drizzle in the vegetable oil and add the ground beef. Break up the beef into small pieces and brown it, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the onion and red bell pepper, cook for about 3 minutes. Drain the grease and transfer the mixture to your crock pot. Add the chili sauce. Rinse out the remaining chili sauce stuck in the bottle with 2 tablespoons of water and add it to the mixture. Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, onion powder, granulated garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, cinnamon, balsamic vinegar, worcestershire, chipotles, and garlic. Stir to combine. Give it a taste, and adjust the salt and pepper if necessary. Cover and set your crock pot to High heat for 4 hours, or Low heat for 6 hours.
  3. After the first hour of cooking, break up the meat mixture even more with a wooden spoon. Cover and continue.
  4. After the second hour of cooking, add the tomato paste and stir well to combine. Cover and continue.
  5. At the very last hour of cooking, add the mustard and stir well to combine. Cover and continue cooking until it’s done. Adjust seasoning if needed.

For the fried onions

  1. Heat about an inch of oil in a medium pot with high sides to 380 degrees F.
  2. While the oil is heating, toss the onions in the self-rising flour until well coated.
  3. When the oil is ready, fry a handful of onions in batches until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Season with fine sea salt fresh out of the oil.

Serve the sloppy joes on buttered toasted buns of your choice, the fried onions, and baby greens (if using). Enjoy!


If using ground turkey instead of beef, please use the fattiest ground turkey you can find. Otherwise, it’ll be dry and tasteless.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: sandwiches
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: slow cooker sloppy joes, sloppy joes, sandwiches

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