Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Crockpot Sloppy Joes

I went to college in a different state from where I grew up, and who knew the differences would translate into food! I remember one fateful night, a bunch of us girls from our floor headed to the Dining Hall to eat, and on the menu that night was "Taverns" Uh, what? I had never heard of them and had no idea what was about to be put on my plate.

When I asked the girl next to me what "Taverns" were, she said "Oh, like Maid Rites." OK, now I was thoroughly confused. By this time we were getting towards the front of the line and I could actually see what was being put on those neato-seperated trays. The mystery meal was.....Sloppy Joes! So I said "Ohhhhhh, Barbecues" because that is what a tomato seasoned, loose meat sandwich was called in my neck of the woods.

Taverns. Maid Rites. Sloppy Joes. Manwiches. Barbecues. Whatever you call them, this is a great way to throw them together. I made these for Halloween night, and it worked great to keep them warm in the slow cooker so you could dip one up before trick or treating or after.

I got this recipe from my college friend Steph and her mom. She calls them Taverns, but I won't hold that against her. One of the ingredients is Chicken Gumbo Soup, which I've always struggled to find. Steph let me know to look in the Light section, which is where it was hiding.

This recipe is not as sweet as the majority of recipes out there, which I enjoyed. There were 4 adults who gobbled them right up!

I am sharing this recipe at Tasty Tuesdays, Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays and Tuesdays at the Table. Here is another Sloppy Joe recipe that I liked, and if you're making your own buns to serve this on, check out Buttery Bread Machine Rolls.

This recipe is now included in my Creatively Domestic's Freezer Meals ebook for sale on Amazon. To view this recipe and many others, please visit (and buy if you're interested) from that site.


  1. Wow! How interesting. I would have never had thought to put soup in there.
    We JUST had sloppy joes last night. I hadn't made them in a LONG time. What a coincidence. LOL!!

    Have a great day!

  2. Hi Rita. Looks like a great sloppy joe recipe!! Thanks for the recipe and linking to TMTT.

  3. Sloppy Joes a GREAT!!! family favorite and in the slower cooker that even better.

  4. I never knew about all those other names for sloppy joes, but that is very interesting!

  5. I love your recipe! Can't wait to try it. :-)

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love this recipe... What a treat tonight's going to be! I usually get my recipes from www.crockpot-recipes.com so thank you for this :)