Slow Cooker Pizza Sloppy Joes turns the classic recipe on its head with Italian sausage, cooked beef, sliced pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese to give this old-school recipe a new-school kick of flavor.
We love sloppy Joes and we love pizza. So we decided to put them together. What we came up with is just about the best sloppy Joe recipe we’ve ever made!
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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It only uses a handful of simple ingredients.
- It’s an easy slow cooker recipe that’s so simple.
- It perfectly combines the flavors of sloppy Joes and pizza.
- It’s a great family meal or addition to any potluck.
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe, and you’ll find them all in just a few minutes at your local grocery store.
Everything you need is listed here, but you’ll find the exact quantities in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Lean ground beef
- Italian sausage
- Small onion – diced
- Green bell pepper – sliced
- Garlic – minced
- Jarred spaghetti sauce
- Pepperoni – diced
- Mozzarella cheese slices
- Brioche buns
🔪 How to Make Slow Cooker Pizza Sloppy Joes
Making these sloppy Joes is very straightforward. It only takes a few minutes to cook the ground beef and Italian sausage, and the rest of the process is just letting the slow cooker do its work!
Step 1: Cook the Meat
Brown the ground beef and Italian sausage over medium-high heat in a medium skillet. Drain.
Step 2: Cook
Add the ground beef, Italian sausage, onion, bell pepper, garlic, spaghetti sauce, and pepperoni to the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
Step 3: Add the Cheese
5 minutes before serving, top with 4 slices of mozzarella cheese, and let it melt. Then, stir it into the sloppy Joe mix.
Step 4: Make the Sandwiches
Place a slice of mozzarella cheese on the bottom of each bun. Then, top with the sloppy Joe mixture and another slice of mozzarella cheese. Add the top bun and enjoy!
Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!
- Spicy – Add red pepper flakes or diced jalapenos.
- More Pizza Flavor – Try adding your favorite pizza toppings to the sloppy Joes.
- Spaghetti Sauce – You can use pizza sauce if you prefer.
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- Medium skillet
- Slow cooker
Refrigerate the sloppy Joe mixture for up to 4 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, freeze it for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.
- It’s important to let the cheese melt before mixing it into the sloppy Joe mixture to ensure it fully mixes.
- You can toast the insides of the top and bottoms of the buns before adding the sloppy Joe mixture.
- Drain your meat mixture thoroughly to ensure your sloppy Joes aren’t greasy.
Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Sloppy Joes are loose meat sandwiches made with ground beef, onions, bell peppers, and a seasoned tomato base.
If you don’t thoroughly drain your meat, your sloppy Joes can end up being greasy.
Sloppy Joes are great with potato chips, French fries, sweet potato fries, potato wedges, tater tots, coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, and mac and cheese.
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Slow Cooker Pizza Sloppy Joes
- slow cooker
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 pound italian sausage
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 green bell pepper sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 24 ounces spaghetti sauce
- 6 ounces pepperoni diced
- 8 brioche buns
- 20 slices mozzarella cheese
- In a medium skillet over medium high heat, brown and drain your ground beef and italian sausage.
- To your slow cooker add the ground beef, italian sausage, onion, bell pepper, garlic, spaghetti sauce and pepperoni.
- Stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- 5 minutes before top with 4 slices of mozzarella cheese and let melt.
- Stir the cheese into the sloppy joe mix.
- Place a slice of mozzarella on the bottom of each bun and top with the sloppy joe mixture.
- Top with another slice of mozzarella and the top bun.