When life is a whirlwind, it’s not easy to plan and actually cook healthy meals for your family regularly. The good news is it is possible to prepare good-for-you meals that are quick and easy to make and tasty!
Our recipe for Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes has quickly become a favorite meal for me and my family for all of those reasons.
I love this Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes recipe because it’s both easy to make and delicious. Because I can throw it in the slow cooker and it’s ready come dinner time, it’s a perfect busy weeknight meal.
My family loves my Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes recipe because it’s “so good!” At least that’s what my sometimes-picky kids have told me over and over. When I made this three times in one week because I was testing out variations, there were no complaints. Now that’s a test right there!
With ground turkey and Paleo-friendly ingredients, Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes is a meal you can feel good about serving your family.
I use Shady Brook Farms ground turkey, also known as Honeysuckle White turkey.
I love Shady Brook Farms / Honeysuckle White turkey because the birds are raised humanely by family farmers. No growth-promoting antibiotics are ever used and of course there’s never any hormones or steroids used either. Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White turkey is an affordable way to feed your family better.
I used buns in these photos because that’s how we all recognize Sloppy Joes, but I normally serve my family sloppy joes over lettuce. My kids like to make Sloppy Joes Lettuce Wraps. It’s rather messy (it is sloppy joes afterall) and doesn’t photograph well so that’s another reason why I used buns in the photos.
Obviously if you use regular buns, this recipe won’t be Paleo, but you could use a gluten-free bun for a gluten free version.
However you make it, Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes is a great family dinner.
There’s two different ways you can make Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes.
The first version takes about 10 minutes of prep time. You brown the ground turkey first, then transfer the meat and other ingredients to your slow cooker. You’ll need to add a little more water with this method. Give everything a good stir, put the lid on, and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
The second version takes about 5 minutes of prep time and that’s only from chopping the onions and red pepper (Hint: for even faster prep, buy frozen minced onion! I haven’t found frozen red pepper yet or I’d jump on that wagon too!).
Throw everything in your slow cooker, chop up the ground turkey (I love my ground meat chopper), mix everything well, and cook for about 4-6 hours on low. This Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes version is my favorite because it’s so quick, but the result is usually a little more chunky. We don’t mind.
Serve this dinner with your family’s favorite vegetable side dish, like steamed broccoli or roasted vegetables for a perfect healthful meal on any busy weeknight!
- Method 1:
- Brown the ground turkey over medium heat.Place in slow cooker, add the remaining ingredients, plus ½ cup water, stir and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
- Method 2:
- Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, mix very well (try to chop up the ground turkey as much as you can), put the cover on, and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Stir well before serving.
- Serve over lettuce or your favorite buns.