Slow cooker sloppy joes made with beans and beef! This simple crockpot recipe feeds a crowd and it’s perfect for busy back to school dinners or for game day! Big thanks to Hurst’s Beans for sponsoring this post.
Show of hands, please – how many of you come from ‘sloppy joe households?’
Okay, that’s a weird term that I just made up, but you know what I mean. How many of you grew up eating sloppy joes on busy weeknights?
Not me, sadly.
I was an adult the first time I had a sloppy joe and I still haven’t forgiven my parents for this betrayal. WHAT KIND OF MONSTER…
Anyway, my kids are most def growing up in a sloppy joe household. Have you even seen my repertoire of sloppy joe recipes on this blog? It’s bordering on insane, but we’re just going to keep on keepin’ on, because every one is so so good.
If you’ve been reading Buns In My Oven for some time, you may remember that I’ve been partnering with Hurst’s Beans over the past few years, sharing new recipes for using up those economical and nutritious bags of dried beans.
Today I’ve whipped up some slow cooker sloppy joes that are made with both beef and 15 beans! No worries, I didn’t have to buy 15 bags of beans – Hurst’s kindly does all the work for you and sells a package of 15 Bean Soup. Perfection. 😉
How to make slow cooker sloppy joes with beans:
To start, we’re going to brown our ground beef in a skillet. Once that is cooked through, drain the fat and add it to a 6 quart slow cooker along with some diced onions and green pepper.
Dump in your bag of Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup along with 6 cups of beef stock.
Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours. Pop a fork in there and test a few beans. They should be nice and tender, but if not, keep cooking until they are, another hour or so.
Once the beans are tender, use a soup ladle to remove any excess liquid. I can usually get about 2 cups worth of liquid out of the beans using this method. It’s totally fine to leave some liquid in the slow cooker.
Squirt some ketchup and mustard into the crockpot and add a couple tablespoons of brown sugar. Add in some apple cider vinegar and a sprinkling of salt.
Stir everything up well and give it a taste. Adjust the seasoning to suit your liking. We like it tangy and will sometimes add a little more vinegar. If you like it sweeter, add in another tablespoon of brown sugar.
Let this cook, with the lid off, for another 30 minutes. This will help the sloppy joes thicken up a bit more so that they aren’t too terribly sloppy. 😉
What flavor of 15 Bean Soup should I use?
This is totally up to you! Personally, I like the beef flavor, but the Cajun flavor adds a nice spice to the sloppy joes and the ham flavor seems to be easiest to find. You can even leave the flavoring packet out entirely, if you prefer.
More sloppy joe recipes to try:
Sloppy Joe Pot Pie: You can’t go wrong with a pot pie this time of year!
Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers: I will literally stuff a sloppy joe inside anything. Peppers were a good choice.
Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole: I amped up the traditional tater tot casserole with some sloppy joe goodness.
Sloppy Joe Dip: Sloppy joes + cream cheese = heaven on a chip.
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes with Beef and Beans
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 sweet onion diced
- 1 bell pepper diced
- 1 package Hurst's 15 Bean Soup beef flavored
- 6 cups beef broth
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup yellow American mustard
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Brown the ground beef over medium heat, crumbling the meat as it cooks. Drain grease.
- Add the ground beef, onion, and pepper to a 6 quart slow cooker.
- Add the beans, reserving the seasoning packet for later, and the beef broth to the crock pot. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or until beans are tender.
- Once beans are tender, use a soup ladle to remove around 1-2 cups excess liquid from the slow cooker. Discard liquid.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker along with the flavor packet and stir well to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
- Continue cooking for 30 minutes with the lid off of the slow cooker to allow the mixture to thicken slightly.
- Serve on buns and enjoy!