It’s slow cooker season. At least, it is at my house.
I crave the coziness and the comfort that come with a slow-cooked meal. I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a while (shame on me!), but I thought any of you looking for something simple and delicious might appreciate it. It’s great for a weekday or a lazy weekend. It’s perfect for taking to a friend, or freezing for later. Basically, you should make this yesterday.
Perry’s Plate is one of my favorite blogs–Natalie is clever, a whiz in the kitchen, and takes beautiful photos. I love following along with her adventures (it’s a huge bonus that so many of her recipes are dairy and gluten free). This is my favorite recipe from her blog. We’ve adapted it a bit to suit our taste, and we LOVE it. I’ve never been a giant sloppy joe person, but this mixture is as great over baked potatoes as it is in a bun. It’s flavorful, simple, and homey. Plus it blows any pre-made seasoning packet out of the water.
I made it slow cooker friendly, and sometimes pop this into the slow cooker on HIGH in the afternoon, or leave it all day on LOW when I’m in and out all day for errands and appointments. I also love that it’s friendly for a lot of eating plans. You may need to tweak your ketchup, but otherwise, it’s squeaky clean and completely delicious. You’re going to love them. And, if you haven’t already, be friends with Perry’s Plate. You won’t regret it.
A few helpful links:
- Whole30/Paleo Ketchup (no added sweetener)
- 21 Day Sugar Detox Ketchup (no added sweetener)
- How to Make Crispy Baked Potatoes (this is the method I’ve been using since college for sweet or white potatoes)
- Luau Sloppy Joes (In case you want a little twist)
(P.S. If you prefer an even lighter version, Natalie serves hers in lettuce wraps).Print
If you can’t find arrowroot, you can skip this step. It pulls everything together a bit, but you can do without it. Alternatively, you can use cornstarch in its place and let it cook for about 5 minutes to achieve the same result.
- 2 lb ground beef
- 2 (15oz) cans tomato sauce
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
- 2 Tbsp dried minced onions
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp dried sage
- 1 tsp salt (or, to taste)
- 2 tsp arrowroot + 1 Tbsp water (optional step)
- Place all ingredients EXCEPT arrowroot/water mixture in the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours.
- Right before serving, stir together arrowroot and water. Stir into the mixture (it will immediately thicken up a bit). Serve over your favorite baked potato (white or sweet).
- Leftovers freeze like a dream!