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Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joes

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Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joes made with Italian chicken or turkey sausage, tomatoes, peppers and onions made in the slow cooker for an easy weeknight meal.

Crockpot Italian Sloppy Joe
Italian Sloppy Joe

This easy dinner recipe is perfect for those busy weeknights. If you don’t want to serve this on toast, you can have this over soft potato buns, 0r over spaghetti squash or pasta. If you want to go with the classic, use this sloppy Joe recipe. Slow cooker dinners are huge time savers! See more Slow Cooker recipes here.

Crockpot Italian Sloppy Joe

I almost forgot about this recipe from the archives I posted back in 2013. I remade it and served it over toasted garlic-rubbed Italian bread finished with melted cheese.

Variations and Tips

You can double the recipe for more servings. On the stove top, simply simmer in a heavy pot for 30 to 40 minutes. For a more traditional Sloppy Joe, try this Sloppy Joe recipe. And for those of you who don’t have access to turkey or chicken sausage, you can easily make your own with this recipe, homemade turkey sausage.

I have not tried this in the Instant Pot, if you do please comment below. My favorite Slow Cooker is this Hamilton Beach Set and Forget 6 Quart Slow Cooker. I’m sure there may be others that are just as good, but I can only vouch for this one.

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Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joe

4.95 from 17 votes
Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joes made with Italian chicken or turkey sausage, tomatoes, peppers and onions made in the slow cooker for an easy weeknight meal.
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Italian
Crockpot Italian Sloppy Joe
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 10 mins
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 sandwich


  • 1 lb Italian turkey or chicken sausage, removed from casing
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/3 cups crushed tomatoes, Tuttorosso
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • kosher salt and fresh black pepper, to taste

For serving:

  • 6 1-inch thick slices Italian Bread, from 1 large loaf (2 oz each)
  • olive oil spray
  • dried Italian seasoning or Parsley, to taste
  • 2 tbsp grated cheese
  • garlic clove, cut in half
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese


  • In a medium non-stick skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking up as it cooks into small bits until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add onions and garlic, and cook another 2 minutes.
  • Transfer to the slow cooker and add the bell peppers, crushed tomatoes, rosemary and fresh cracked pepper.
  • Cover and cook on low 4 hours.
  • Prepare the garlic bread slices. Place 6 slices of the bread on a sheet pan, spray with olive oil, and sprinkle with Italian Seasoning and Parmesan on each side. Spritz with a little more oil and broil about 6 inches from the heating element, until the top of bread is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes keeping an eye on it. When toasted, remove from oven and rub a garlic clove over the bread.
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  • Top each slice with 1/2 cup meat and add shredded mozzarella, about 2 1/2 tablespoons on each. Place back into the oven for about 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. 
    How to make Italian Sloppy Joes

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Serving: 1 sandwich, Calories: 361 kcal, Carbohydrates: 38.5 g, Protein: 24 g, Fat: 13 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 74.5 mg, Sodium: 1135.5 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 7.5 g


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182 comments on “Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joes”

  1. Ok I gonna try my new slow cooker with this recipe…plus I need to use my fresh rosemary…recipe looks easy and delicious! Thanks Gina!

  2. Made this last Sat. Only changes I made were, used Italian Pork Sausage, casing removed and shards of sharp cheddar cheese. I had purchased  rusty hoagie rolls and cut them length wise in half. All else as written. 
    It was fabulous. Will definitely make again. 

  3. Looks great. Going to try this weekend. 

    Question: What temperature for when you are melting the cheese? I do think you mentioned it. I am thinking 350°?

    Sunny Drohan

  4. This was delicious and easy! We will definitely put this on regular rotation. I love the crunch of the peppers. 

  5. I used the Boarhead Chicken Italian Sausage, and it was not edible. I will try this recipe again with a different brand of meat and update my review.

  6. My traditional sloppy joe loving husband approves!! These were excellent and a nice switch up from the traditional style. I used ciabatta rolls and they worked perfectly – even the kids devoured them! Will definitely be having these in our rotation.

  7. This was so good!  Perfect flavor combinations.  The next morning I made the leftovers for breakfast – added an over easy egg under the cheese before broiling and it was delicious! 

  8. I made these tonight and it was absolutely delicious! Even my two year old approved and had seconds lol. I’ll definitely be making them again.

  9. Outstanding! The meat mixture is so flavorful and delicious, even on its own. I made it with plain ground turkey because I don’t care for sausage and it was still amazing! I can’t wait to make this one again. Definitely one of the best!

  10. Just made this recipe for dinner tonight. It was so easy to make. Funny how such simple ingredients were so flavorful! I’m kinda mad at my husband because he ate so much there won’t be leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Seriously so good! I can’t wait to make it again!!