Protein PACKED Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes Recipe

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes Recipe
Written by The Protein Chef

So we’re on the road to creating everything and anything in our Slow Cooker. Today that road continues with these SUPER EASY and macro friendly Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes!

Start by heating up around a tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat in a pan on your stovetop. Once that heats up you’re gonna add in 1 chopped up green bell pepper, 1 chopped up red bell pepper, 1/2 a chopped up onion, and 2 teaspoons of minced garlic. You can choose to add in other vegetables if you want here but this is usually my go-to for this recipe. Go ahead and let those cook for a couple minutes.

Slow Cooker Liners:

My Slow Cooker:

After that add in 2 pounds of a lean ground beef or turkey and cook that until browned…make sure to break it up while doing this. A quick note here is if you use a lean enough meat, you won’t need to drain it but if there’s a lot of liquid leftover from using a fattier meat you’ll probably wanna drain it a bit. Now once that’s cooked take out your slow cooker, optionally add in liner to it, and add that mix in. By the way, I link my liners below in the description. Next add in 1 can of a low sodium tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic seasoning, 1/4 cup of ketchup, 4 tablespoons of a tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 teaspoons of mustard, a little black pepper, and a little salt. Mix all of those ingredients together until it looks like this then throw your lid on and let it cook on low for 4 hours.

NEW Meal Prep Containers:

Kitchen Scale:

A couple tips:

  1. If you don’t wanna precook your meat or vegetables you can just throw everything in your slow cooker and cook it on low for around 7-8 hours. Make sure to break your meat up at some point!
  2. When you think of a sloppy joe you think of a nice big bun but really this mixture you can eat with anything. Use low carb wraps, make lettuce sloppy joes by adding your mixture into a big piece of lettuce and rolling it up, add in more vegetables, or just eat it by itself because it’s that good.
  3. I usually portion this out into 8 servings which come out to around 169g each.

Checkout my store:

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Chopped Onion
  • 2 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 2 Pounds (32 Ounces) Lean Ground Beef or Turkey (I used 96/4)
  • 1 Can (15 Ounces/425g) Low Sodium Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Seasoning
  • 4 Tablespoons (68g) Ketchup (Look for low sugar)
  • 4 Tablespoons (66g) Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons (42g) Honey
  • 2 Teaspoons (10g) Mustard
  • A little Black Pepper
  • A little Salt

How to make:

  1. Heat up your Olive Oil in a pan on Medium Heat
  2. Chop and cook your Bell Peppers, Onion, and Garlic in that pan for a couple minutes
  3. Add in and brown your Beef or Turkey
  4. Drain your Beef or Turkey mixture if you didn’t use a lean meat
  5. Throw a liner in your slow cooker for easy cleanup (if you have them)
  6. Add all of your ingredients including your meat mixture into your slow cooker
  7. Mix everything together
  8. Put your slow cooker on Low Heat for 4 hours


  • Use whatever vegetables you want!
  • Throw your mixture in a low carb or lettuce wrap!
  • Don’t have time to cook your meat? Throw everything in your slow cooker raw and cook it on Low Heat for 7-8 hours!

Calories in the whole recipe:

  • Calories: 1726
  • Fat: 50g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Sodium: 2934mg
  • Carbs: 115g
  • Fiber: 16g
  • Sugar: 71g
  • Protein: 204g

Calories in each 169g serving (if you make 8):

  • Calories: 215
  • Fat: 6.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2g
  • Sodium: 366.7mg
  • Carbs: 14.3g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 8.8g
  • Protein: 25.5g

About the author

The Protein Chef

Derek Howes is a personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on his blog and YouTube channel shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive, it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured in the news, magazines, and on TV are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation” and is without question the most important habit he follows.


  • Just made these and it’s delicious! I added two cans of kidney beans for some texture and added protein. The portion size is perfect for 2 small buns for an extra 100 calories each and another 8g of protein. Also freezer friendly which is a huge plus for meal prepping. This recipe will definitely be added to my rotation!

Leave a Comment

Join TPC Free!

FREE exclusive content, sales, weekly re-cap, upcoming projects, and MUCH MORE!

Subscribe now

You're awesome!