By now... you may have heard that I HATE the crock pot. With that said, it would seem as though... I don't hate everything about it. Most recently these really yummy Sloppy Joes.
Growing up - I just thought sloppy Joes were some gross, mystery meat, cafeteria lunch. That might still be true for most sloppy Joes, but NOT these. These are delicious, sweet, tangy, organic, and the ingredients are no mystery.
You won't be disappointed.
Now - honestly - this recipe is a little annoying. I hate the crock pot - but the convenience has lately outweighed the hate. This recipe is not all that convenient at the beginning You have to cook meat in the morning.
I promise it's worth it though.
Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
We use all organic and or local and or fair trade ingredients
1 pound (or more) of grass fed ground beef (sometimes I don't like the taste of grassfed beef - although it sounds terrible, the antibiotic, drug fed, fatty beef - just plain tastes better. This recipe for some reason - it tastes GREAT). You could also use turkey or chicken.
1 green pepper
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can water (use after you dump tomatoes... why dirty something else)
3 big cloves of garlic
1/2 can of tomato paste
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of BRAGG apple cider vinegar (you can use something else - but it won't taste the same - this stuff is soooo good)
a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce (if you know of an organic variety - let me know! I couldn't find any)
1/2 cup of ketchup
1 tsp molassas
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
In a skillet - fry ground beef with olive oil, after a few minutes add in garlic. When meat is brown remove from heat (dump it all into the crock pot)
Chop onion and pepper and put in crock pot.
Grate carrots and put into crock pot.
Put the rest of the ingredients into the crock pot. It should look something like this:
If your kids don't eat/like veggies - you could really add anything grated - ie: zucchini, chopped up spinach, pureed butternut squash, whatever.
Cook the whole thing on low (or high if your crock pot runs low) until everything is soft. Remove lid and cook on high until it is the consistency you like (and won't run off your bun). You can't overcook it... I think.
We used these home made buns - the recipe was super quick and yummy. I did use half whole wheat flour and they came out just fine! I was also wearing a screaming baby - and they STILL turned out fine. They would have been even quicker if someone didn't find where they were rising...
Hop on over to these blogs where - if they are lucky - I'll share this :)