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Oh my goodness this came out great. So tasty and super simple to make. The only thing I tweaked was I seasoned the ground beef with seasoned salt, pepper, cumin and a dash of red pepper flakes before I added it to my slow cooker. Also, I added 5 cloves of garlic instead of 2 (I love garlic).Read More
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Yuck...too sweetRead More
Oh my goodness this came out great. So tasty and super simple to make. The only thing I tweaked was I seasoned the ground beef with seasoned salt, pepper, cumin and a dash of red pepper flakes before I added it to my slow cooker. Also, I added 5 cloves of garlic instead of 2 (I love garlic).
I made this using vegetarian fake "beef" crumbles, and it was so delicious my fiance forgot it wasn't meat (we're on a low calorie diet)!! the only thing I changed was using a chipotle flavored ketchup as it was all we had. I think it would also be great with chicken or brisket! Thank you so much for sharing, we will be making this again!!
Very good recipe!!! My family loves 'sloppy joes', but I hate the sauce out the can because it is so sweet. This made a great sloppy joe that my family loved and I did too. I cooked it in a skillet instead of in the slow cooker and it turned out great. I omitted celery, upped the garlic, salt, pepper, and vinegar. I also used a can of tomato paste and cut down the ketchup to get rid of some of the sweetness. Overall, very good recipe!
WOW!! I made this tonight for the first time. I was only making it for myself so I pretty much cut the recipe in half. After a few hours of cooking the smell made me just want to add pickle slices and a touch of pickle juice, it was amazing. I ate the meat on a hamburger bun like a sloppy joe and in a tortilla as a burrito. Both were unbelievable! So easy and so good
This is the basicly same recipe I use minus the celery and slow cooker. It's only a half hour in a pan. Very tasty and fast. Great with veggie and salad or fruit.
Great recipe! Only thing I did different was omit the celery and use Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce instead of ketchup. It was awesome as sloppy joes on some Hawaiin buns, even my very picky 2yr old ate it up! I will never make sloppy joes from a can again!
This is exactly the same way I have always made mine. I dont add celery or the minced garlic but do add finely chopped peppers. My soon to be hubby does not like the sweetness, so I compromise by adding a can of tomatoe paste to cut down on the sweetness. I also use a teaspoon of worchestershire sauce (more or less to taste) and a dash or two of chili powder.
LOVE this! Used it for a Girl Scout dinner. Added 4lbs of beef, so also added a Manwich can too, but the flavoring was SO good!
I made this with ground venison and ground beef. It was delicious. Will definitely keep this recipe to be used again.
Turned out very well. I also included 2 tbsp Sriracha chili paste to provide some extra heat. I served this as wraps on romaine lettuce leaves with light sour cream.
Mid summer we are tired of burgers, brats and hot dogs at parties. This was the perfect alternative. Like others I added tomato paste 2 - 6 oz cans) to cut the sweetness. I'm not an onion fan yet since it was cooked most of the day, the onions were stewed and blended great. I will make again.
Very yummy. I decreased the celery to 2 stalks and decreased the ketchup by 1/2 c and added a 1/4 c of chili sauce and a 1/4 c of bbq sauce. I also seasoned the meat with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cumin while it was browning. Quite tasty. :)
These were good. I didnt have quite as much brown sugar as called for and these were pretty sweet when we ate them Im glad I didnt add the whole amount. I would make these again with a few more tweaks. Thanks.
THIS WAS FANTASTIC!!! Super easy to make, made the house smell wonderful, and everyone, the children included, LOVED it! THANK YOU!
I made this for a pot luck at lunch. Wasn't able to let it sit for 6-8 hrs so I made it the night before and cooked the celery (only 3 stalks) and onion with the burger. Mixed it all and turned on low in the morning. DELICIOUS!!! Will make again & again and will never buy another can of manwhich! Thanks for sharing a very yummy & easy recipe :)
This is awesome. My changes to this: 2 cans of tomato paste, subtract the ketchup, 1tsp cumin, 1-2 tsp of Sriracha (I used a lot more, personally:) A bit of sweet, a bit of spicy, and enjoyable enough to even make my husband and daughter fight over the leftovers the following night.
Way too sweet! When you find this unbearable, add cheese of your choice to hide the sugar. I couldn't handle it on the ketchup alone, I never added the brown sugar thank god! I'd go with 1C Ketchup, 1TSP Worcestershire sauce, two 8oz cans tomato paste or make your own preferably. 1 full cereal bowel of onion, at least 5 cloves of garlic (fresh) and a touch of Jack Daniels (original) BBQ sauce. Seasoning is up to you, but I would add 1tsp of Basile (dried) and use apple cider vinegar in the recipe. If you like candy between your buns, use the recipe as written! Otherwise, try it my way and tweak anyway you like. Either way, if you shy away from sugar as I do, stay away from this unless you make my modifications. Just fair warning! I'll write my own recipe here coming soon, until then, I'd suggest you look for another.......
I doubled this recipe & fed a team of hungry girls with it. It was a HUGE hit!! Amazing flavor. Thanks for the recipe!! :)
Very good. I didn't like the smell of it when I was putting it together, but when it was cooked it smelled and tasted delicious.
My family has never been a fan of "Canned" Beef BBQ sandwich, but I had a ton of ground beef and a new slow cooker so decided to give this a try!! It is amazing & only half done. (I prepared it the night before & will cook it on low all day while I work tomorrow) I took several review suggestions including using Plain BBQ sauce (Added spices, a dab of Hickory Flavoring & splash of honey), also added a touch of Pickle Juice and can of Tomato sauce. So far it's amazing & wanted to get this review w/ modifications out there :) Bon' Appetit!!
I scaled down to 7 for 1 lb of ground beef, and found the seasoning too bland for our tastes so had to increase / tweak, but love the convenience of letting this simmer and cook in the crock pot and having it warm and ready to serve up at dinner. To up the veggie content I also grated in a couple small carrots. They seem to disappear nicely into these types of dishes.
I was upset that its is so sweet. wonder if i did something wrong. wonder how i can unsweeten it...hmmm
I made a lot of changes because I don't like sweet for a meal and I could tell with the ketchup and brown sugar it would be too sweet for my family. I omitted the brown sugar all together and replaced it with 4 tablespoons honey. I used one cup of ketchup and 1 can of tomato sauce. We love garlic and pepper so I added extra. I was also out of apple cider vinegar so I used balsamic.
Now my new Sloppy Joe recipe! Everyone loved it! I did not change anything. I served it on crusty bread! It was also good on hamburger buns!
Great flavor but a little too watery. Next time a little flour should fix that!
Superbly amazing. Kinda sweet, so be prepared. I will add carrots and add less ketchup next time. Yes, there will be a next time.
It was very good and quite tasty. Although, 1 large onion was way to much. It made it very oniony. I'd recommend using a small onion instead and you probably don't even need all of it. (If you can get it chopped really good, it's probably better but I'm good but not that good...) Still very flavorful and tasty.
Made it as an easy dinner option, and we will have plenty to eat for a few days! For two people I would recommend breaking the recipe down into thirds. We put our beef on onion buns and topped with provolone. I also substituted 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce for 1/2 a cup of ketchup to add a bit of a smoky and zesty flavor.
This was really good. Since there's only two of us, I shortened some of the ingredients instead of 3 pounds of hamburger I used 1 1/2 pounds- instead of 3 1/2 cup of ketchup I used 1 cup. I omitted the salt and mustard (don't eat ), I also added about 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce. And used only 2 stalks of celery and 1/2 tsp of vinegar. I agree with the other reviewers forget about the can (of manwich) this is my go to for sloppy joes now! Will definitely be making this recipe again. Thanks for posting it!
I used 2 lbs of beef instead of 3, so I reduced all other ingredients by 1/3. It turned out OK...it's better than Manwich but it didn't drive my husband or I wild. I think it's too ketchup-based for our tastes.
Really tasty! Instead of 3 lbs ground beef, I used 2 lbs and added a can each of kidney beans and great northern beans. Got rave reviews from three people who really like ketchup--if you want to cut back on the ketchup taste, consider subbing some of it for tomato paste.
I followed recipe exactly, but bit salty for my taste. Maybe next time, I'll omit the salt. It was better with my toast. I will make again, but with moderation from other viewers to add some cumin or little bit of taco seasoning? Thank you for the recipe!
Great recipe! I cut the recipe in half and followed it exactly except I left out the celery as I had none and it was excellent. My family loved it and finished it all!
Rave reviews...simple to make and delicious to taste. Great on a slider or two. This would be terrific for entertaining!
Made it per instructions. Delicious. Will make again.
I did it per the recipe, and would not change anything!
This was delicious. Only used 1 stalk celery as I think 5 would have over-powered the recipe. Added way more garlic. Enjoyed the taste as it was not as sweet as the canned version. I think I would use 1/2 C less ketchup (for the full recipe) . And one more thing, I will make more because this was gone quickly and because I cut the recipe in half. But not next time.
We really liked this...not very acidic. Took other suggestions and used 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup bbq sauce and 12 oz tomato paste along with the mustard and vinegar. Did it all in a stock pot. Added the onion and celery and also tossed in a couple handfuls of shredded carrots to the raw meat. Once cooked, added the sauce and simply heated through for about 10 minutes.
It's a little too sweet. It tasted similar to something I'd eat at the lunch room cafeteria.. meh.
This is good. Cooked meat with onion and bell peppers, I also seasoned w cumin, pepper, garlic and Worcester. I only used a little ketchup, a little mustard, some spicy home made sauce and part of the bottle of Kraft mesquite smoke bbq sauce since that's what I had on hand. Also added additional onion and mini bell peppers to the crock pot.
Really to ketchuppy tasting, very tangy! I think the next time I make it, I'm going to use tomato sauce instead .
This is a very tasty recipe, almost like mom used to make. Very easy to make. Added crushed red peppers to meat and added more garlic. Will definitely make this again, family loved it.
This is the best recipe.
I thought it was good , but my son thought was great. I did add a little gr pepper. Also the first time I made, I had used homemade ketchup cuz I ran out of ketchup.
Simple and tasty! Reminds me of my mom’s! We make a half portion because we have a small slow cooker.
This recipe is very good!
This is soo delicious. put on hotdogs, made sloppy joes and even put it over pasta. Where was this recipe 20 years ago.
Tried this recipe for July 4th I left out the celery and it was a really big hit everyone said this was a keeper. It was so easy.
Way too sweet.
I added a little Siracusa to get a bit of a kick
I followed directions exactly and it was delicious!! Just 3 of us and we nearly finished it off!! Put it on hamburger buns. Better than any Sloppy Joe recipe ever!
great...sauteed onion and green peppers before adding. No celery on hand...
No changes made.... will definitely make again
Good recipe. First time I had made sloppy joe without a mix and this was easy to make. I did think it was a little sweet so ending up adding a little Worcestershire sauce and dashes of allspice, ground mustard, and ginger.
Really to ketchuppy tasting, very tangy! I think the next time I make it, I'm going to use tomato sauce instead .
Very delicious, love these slow cooker meals.
I made this as written, doubling recipe for a group, but omitted the sugar, as we prefer savory all the way. Ketchup adds enough sweetness. Loved it and so did all the folks at our neighborhood night out potluck.
Husband loved it! I switch off recipes from time to time and this is one I'll go back to!
Great. A little on the sweet side for my taste but that can be adjusted easily. Great for freezing.
Very good!!!! We, being from Pennsylvania, tripled the apple cider vinegar. :) we being a german area it's a must.. Try it sometime!!
No changes to the recipe but left the crockpot on all night and kinda burnt it.
The recipe was too sweet for my family. Less ketchup and brown sugar next time. Also, worchesteshire sp? and bell pepper are good additions. Will make it again.
My husband thought it was too sweet, but I liked it. Next time I make it, I might try it w/o the sugar.
My only complaint is that you don't use stalks of celery. You use ribs. The stalk is a bunch of ribs.
This turned out great...another keeper
My only problem is that I have to double the recipe to keep enough around for later!
I made a few changes. Reduced the Ketchup added a cup of Zing Zing another tablespoon of the cider vinegar to cut the sweetness of the brown sugar and about 3 tablespoons of crushed red peppers to step it a notch along with a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce .
Far too sweet for our household.
I did a trial run with ingredients for 1 pound of beef before making a larger batch for a group, and I'm glad I did. While I liked the flavor, between the brown sugar and the catsup, it was way too sweet. The second time I made it, I substituted tomato paste for about 3/4 of the amount of catsup, and that helped tone down the sweetness. I think a total substitution would have worked as well, but I wanted a little of the catsup flavor. Initially the mixture was very thick, but after cooking, the onions and celery produced enough liquid to make the consistency better. (It actually was a little too liquid with only catsup.) Also, just a heads-up: the second time, I made it adjusted for 32 servings, which was just under 5 lbs. of meat, but it yielded about 25 servings on the slightly larger brioche buns I had bought; maybe it would have made 32 on regular sized buns .
Super simple! I didn't use the brown sugar and didn't miss it at all. Would make again.
I didn't have enough time to make it in the slow cooker, so I used the stove top method. No celery on hand so on impulse I used sliced black olives! Instead of using all of the ketchup (ran out) I used 1 cup of bbq sauce. I really hate to modify new recipes but I really couldn't help it because at the last minute, I didn't have enough of the ingredients. It was superb & I thank you for the recipe!
I added some liquid hickory smoke which have it a smoky flavor. I would add a little less next time.
My whole family loved this, and I thought it was great too. The only change I made was I used 3 cups ketchup and 1 cup barbecue sauce. It was tender and delicious, and would probably reheat well but I didn't have any left over!
This was really, really good. My daughters put it over hot dogs. I like to eat it plain - less carbs.
I added three chopped jalapeños.
No and yes
I enjoyed it on a roll, can't wait to try it on a good hotdog.
Yummy!!! I too did not have enough ketchup, so I used the 2 cups of Ketchup I had on-hand, added one 8-ounce can of tomato sauce, and 1/2 cup of Costco/Kirkland Signature Organic Salsa. I also added 1/2 of a red bell pepper, 1-1/2 tsp celery seed seasoning (instead of the fresh celery), 1-1/2 tsp Cumin and, of course, 4 extra cloves of garlic. The only thing I will modify on the recipe above to my preference the next time around will be to add in 1/2 tbsp of the vinegar. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. :) I will definitely be using as appetizers with mini-buns for my next large gathering!! I truly enjoyed it and it was WONDERFUL in my lettuce wrap!!(shared a picture for you all above). Aloha ;)
This was the second time I made this. My husband didn't care for it the first time but liked it the second time. I substituted no salt tomato sauce for ketchup because I'm trying to cut back on potassium for my dad. I also prepared on the stove top since I didn't have time for the crockpot. Otherwise followed the recipe and it was a hit! I'm putting this in the summer meal rotation. Thanks!
This is way too sweet mostly due to excess ketchup. I prefer my tried and true sloppy joe recipe that I created.
Too sweet. Also why bother using the slow cooker all day when you have to brown the meat in a pan. Doesn't need that all day cooking to develop the flavor.
This was good, but too sweet for us. I'm going to use molasses in place of the brown sugar. And I made adjustments for 2, so cooking time is less. We really liked it!??
I did not care for this recipe.
This recipe turned out great! I didn't make any changes and don't plan on making any in the future. I loved the flavor and so did my family.
I enjoyed it it's alright sugar content really sweet sugar from ketchup and brown sugar like wow next time I make it I will change a few ingredients overall pretty good
Made this recipe exactly as written. My family was extremely disappointed by its blandness. I should have used my instincts and substituted a good bottle of smoky BBQ sauce for at least half the ketchup called for. Our family does love Sloppy Joes, though, so we will continue to search for a really good homemade recipe. This, unfortunately, isn't it.