This all-American throwback sandwich popped up in the midwest around the 1930s becoming a staple of lunch counters and home kitchens alike. There’s a reason Sloppy Joe’s have remained popular for so long: kids love them and they’re a cinch to whip up. This recipe also uses ingredients you can find around the house and comes together relatively quickly. You can use a skillet to brown the onion, bell pepper, and ground beef if you want to shave off 5 minutes of cook time, but we don’t like to do dishes so we opted to brown everything in our trusty Suvie pans. Choose whatever method works best for you. This recipe makes great leftovers so make sure you save some for lunch tomorrow!

Slow Cook: Sloppy Joe's

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: 3 hours and 30 minutes
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  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 12 oz. bag of pre-cut coleslaw mix
  • ⅓ cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Place ground beef and salt in a Suvie pan, mix slightly to combine and break beef into chunks. Place olive oil, bell pepper and onion into another Suvie pan and stir to combine.

Load both pans into Suvie and broil for 10 minutes stirring halfway through to ensure even browning.

Remove pans from Suvie.

Add minced garlic, ketchup, 1 tbsp brown sugar, mustard, chili powder, black pepper, and red pepper flakes to the bell pepper and onion pan, stir to combine. Drain liquid from the beef tray and add beef to pan with the bell pepper and onion. Mix thoroughly making sure to break beef into small chunks.

Load Suvie pan into your Suvie. Wrap the hamburger buns in foil and place in the sauce zone of your Suvie.

Fill the reservoir with water, enter My Cook settings -> Slow Cook and cook now or schedule.

My Cook Settings

Slow Cook: HIGH for 2 hours

Starch: 0 minutes

During the cook, prepare the coleslaw. In a large bowl whisk together the apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp brown sugar until dissolved. Add mayo and whisk to combine.

Add coleslaw mix and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

After the cook, remove pan and buns from Suvie.

Place each bun on a plate, divide sloppy joes between the four buns. Serve with a scoop of coleslaw and enjoy!

Wine Pairing

Rich, meaty, no-nonsense meals like Sloppy Joe’s require a bold and robust wine to match. We recommend a glass of punchy Malbec.

CategoriesAmerican Beef Dinner
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