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Slow Cooker Mississippi Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Mississippi Sloppy Joes, with their delicious, savory, and tangy spin on the classic Mississippi roast, will surely be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. Combining ground beef, ranch mix, brown gravy mix, pepperoncini, and butter, these delightful sandwiches make for a quick dinner that’s bursting with flavor.

A slow cooker with Mississippi beef and a wooden spoon.

You just found the one sloppy joe recipe the whole family will love. Yup! No more fighting or complaining; these homemade sloppy joes have such a delicious flavor that everyone will ask you to make them again next week (and the following week!). 

Made to taste like the family’s favorite Mississippi pot roast that everyone loves, it adds a whole new dimension of deliciousness when you turn it into sloppy joes. This is an easy weeknight dinner with great flavor. Meal planning this week just got a whole lot easier. 

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Why You’ll Love Slow Cooker Mississippi Sloppy Joes

  • Perfect for meal prep. Make a double batch and save the leftovers in the refrigerator. 
  • Versatile. Replace the ketchup with BBQ sauce or tomato paste. 
  • Popular flavors. As it slowly cooks, the ranch, gravy, and pepperoncini mix to make the most incredible combination of flavors. 
  • Makes meal planning easy. Everyone loves sloppy joes, so you don’t have to worry about someone being unhappy. 
  • Elevates the original recipe. The combination of ranch and gravy makes it taste even better than classic sloppy joes. 


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    Here is what you’ll need from the grocery store before you make this easy slow cooker recipe.  

    • Lean Ground Beef: The leanest beef will give you the best flavor and the least grease. 
    • Ranch Dressing Mix: A packet of dry ranch seasoning is the secret ingredient to these tasty sloppy joes. 
    • Brown Gravy Mix: Either Au Jus gravy or plain brown gravy mix will work. 
    • Sliced Pepperocinis: Use as many as you want. 
    • Oatmeal: Quick-cooking oats will thicken the sloppy joes without changing the texture. 
    • Ketchup: Sugar-free or regular ketchup adds tanginess to the sloppy joes. 
    • Pepperoncini Juice: Save the juice from the sliced pepperoncini peppers. 
    • Worcestershire Sauce: This adds salty and robust flavors to the sauce. 
    • Brown Sugar: This sweetens the sloppy joes with a caramel undertone. 
    • Butter: This combines the flavors. 
    • Sliced Buns: Serve the sloppy joes on your favorite hamburger buns.
    Ingredients to make slow cooker Mississippi Sloppy Joes.

    How to Make Slow Cooker Mississippi Sloppy Joes

    • Step One: Brown and drain your ground beef.
    • Step Two: Add the beef to the slow cooker.
    • Step Three: To the slow cooker, add the oatmeal to the meat and stir.
    • Step Four: To a small bowl, add the ranch dressing mix, brown gravy mix, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, pepperoncini juice, and water, and stir to combine. 
    Steps to make slow cooker Mississippi Sloppy Joes.
    • Step Five: Add the sauce mix to the slow cooker, add the pepperoncini, and stir.
    • Step Six:  Slice the butter and add to the top of the meat mixture.
    • Step Seven: Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
    • Step Eight: Serve on soft brioche buns.
    Steps to make slow cooker Mississippi Sloppy Joes.

    Equipment Needed

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    • Large Skillet – You’ll use the skillet to brown the ground beef. 
    • Slow Cooker –  This is essential for making the slow cooker recipe. 
    • Slow Cooker Liner – The liner will make clean-up easier. 
    • Serving Spoon – Use a spoon to place the sloppy joes on your buns. 

    What to Serve with Slow Cooker Mississippi Sloppy Joes

    Most people love to serve sloppy joes with a potato of some kind, whether potato chips, baked potato, tater tots, french fries, or potato salad. Here are some more side dishes that will taste delicious with it. 

    Mississippi Sloppy Joes piled on a plate.

    Variations and Substitutions

    • Make It Spicier.  Add some red pepper flakes or hot sauce. 
    • Use Different Meat. Make it with ground chicken or ground turkey. 
    • Make sliders. Serve it on slider buns. 
    • Serve over rice.  Adding it to rice will make a delicious bowl for dinner.
    • Use tomato sauce instead of ketchup.  This will make it taste richer and slightly less sweet. 

    Storage Instructions 

    Place leftover sloppy joes in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3-4 days. To freeze, place in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

    Close up of Mississippi sloppy joes.

    Slow Cooker Mississippi Sloppy Joes Tips and Tricks

    • Drain the ground beef completely before adding it to the slow cooker.  
    • Use a slow cooker liner to make clean-up easier.  
    • Change how many pepperoncini peppers you add based on your taste. 
    • Adjust the ingredients in the ground beef mixture to get it to taste exactly how you want it to. 

    What is Mississippi Pot Roast?

    Mississippi pot roast was one of the first slow cooker recipes to go viral on Pinterest. It is an easy recipe with just chuck roast, ranch seasoning mix, Au Jus gravy, pepperoncini peppers, and butter. Place that in a slow cooker and let it cook. Then, shred it and serve it on top of mashed sweet potatoes or white potatoes. 

    A hand holding a Mississippi Sloppy Joe.

    How To Serve 

    Following the recipe as it is will give you the best sloppy joes you have ever made! But there are also a few ways you can serve them to make them stand out even more. Add a slice of provolone cheese and some diced red onions, and the flavors will pop! 

    Can I Use A Different Meat?

    You can make homemade crock pot sloppy joes with different types of meat. They will all have the same sloppy joe form and taste. Try it with ground turkey or ground chicken. Taste it before you serve it because the leaner white meats might need more sauce.  

    How To Make It Spicy

    It’s straightforward to make the spicy flavors pop! Mix in some chili powder, red pepper flakes, or hot sauce. Or replace the ketchup with some hot and spicy barbecue sauce. 

    Slow cooker Mississippi Sloppy Joes on a plate.


    Can you make it in a skillet?

    Yes, you can make this recipe in a skillet. It’s just as easy to make on the stove on busy weeknights as it is to make in a slow cooker. Just brown the ground beef, then drain the grease. Then, cook the ground beef in the skillet with the rest of the ingredients, letting it simmer over medium heat for about 15 minutes. 

    Can I add vegetables to it?

    Yes, this is the perfect recipe for adding veggies! Try it with some red bell pepper or sweet onions. They will taste the best with the pepperoncini peppers.  

    What size slow cooker should I use?

    To make this easy sloppy joes recipe, you should use at least a 5-quart slow cooker. 

    How many servings does this make? 

    This recipe makes about six servings. 

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    Slow Cooker Mississippi Sloppy Joes

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 6
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 4 hours
    Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
    Slow Cooker Mississippi Sloppy Joes are the ultimate crowd-pleaser, combining the convenience of a quick dinner with the deliciousness of a savory and tangy twist on the classic Mississippi roast, resulting in a mouthwatering, irresistible meal.


    • 2 lb lean ground beef
    • 1 packet ranch dressing mix 1oz packet
    • 1 envelope brown gravy mix 0.87oz envelope
    • 1 cup sliced pepperoncinis
    • cup quick oats
    • cup ketchup
    • ¾ cup water
    • ½ cup pepperoncini juice
    • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tbsp brown sugar
    • 6 tbsp salted butter
    • 6 brioche buns or hamburger buns


    • Brown and drain the ground beef in a large skillet. Add the beef to a slow cooker.
    • Add quick oats to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
    • In a small bowl, mix together the ranch dressing mix, brown gravy mix, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, pepperoncini juice and water. Add to slow cooker and stir to combine.
    • Add the pepperoncinis to the slow cooker and stir.
    • Slice the butter and place on top of the meat mixture in the slow cooker.
    • Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.
    • Serve on soft brioche buns or hamburger buns.


    Calories: 729kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 267mg | Sodium: 1088mg | Potassium: 685mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1246IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 5mg

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Keyword sloppy joes

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