June 9, 2014

Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

I used this recipe for inspiration for Crock Pot Sloppy Joe's and then made a few changes.

1 can black beans - $.59
2.23 pounds 90% lean ground beef - $8.90
1 medium onion, chopped - $.15
2 cloves garlic, minced - $.03
1 cup ketchup - $.33
1/2 bell pepper, seeded and chopped - $.50
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp prepared mustard $.07
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp brown sugar - $.08
1 1/2 tsp chili powder - $.04
  • Mix up all the ingredients except the black beans and ground beef the night before and refrigerate overnight.  I did this mainly to make it easier to throw together in the morning.
  • Add ground beef, black beans, and sauce mixture to crock pot.  Cook on low setting for 7 hours.  
  • Take spatula and mix everything up good so the meat gets broken up.
  • Serve over hamburger buns.
I didn't calculate the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce or white vinegar in my calculation since these are all staple items that I bought so long ago I don't even remember how much they cost.

Total Cost of Recipe - $10.69, rounded up to account for ingredients I didn't calculate price for = $10.75

Servings: 17 - 1/3 cup servings = $.63 per serving.  1/3 cup would work for regular size hamburger buns.  I served mine on one of those big onion buns and used 2 - 1/3 cup servings but it was really too much, I had to eat it with a fork.

154 Calories per 1/3 cup serving.

Served with a salad on the side.


  1. Sloppy joes recently made it back on my menu rotation. I add a little balsamic vinegar for a little extra flavor.