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October 8, 2014

by Alyssa

Slow Cooker Quinoa Sloppy Joes

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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes made with Quinoa

Did you know that I think I’ve only had Sloppy Joes three times in my whole life?

Well no, why would you? It's not like we've spent a lot of time talking about them before. In fact, Sloppy Joes have had very little impact on my life, I've never really thought about them before, and yet here we are. About to talk about the outrageously delicious dinner we had the other night.

And yes, it 100% involved Sloppy Joes.

Quinoa Sloppy Joes made in a crockpot

I’m not sure what spurred my desire for Sloppy Joes, but one night a few weeks ago, as I was falling asleep (or trying at least), this vision a juicy Sloppy Joe sandwich danced across my mind. Strange thing to think about as you’re trying to go to sleep, but I couldn’t shake the image the next day, so I knew it was something I had to experiment with.

And then I realized you can make them in your crockpot…game over.

Any excuse I have to bust out the crockpot before there’s snow on the ground is quite alright with me

What little I did know about Sloppy Joes prior to whipping up this recipe, was that the filling somewhat resembles a chili. And they typically served atop a fluffy sandwich bun.

Chili? I can handle that.

I’ve made quinoa chili before, so I figured why not give these Sloppy Joes a little something extra by throwing in some quinoa? I knew the quinoa would not only give these a little boost of protein, but it would work well in the texture, helping the filling to be ultra rich, yet still healthy.

Plus, quinoa Sloppy Joes just sound sensational, right?

Slow Cooker Quinoa Sloppy Joes via simplyquinoa.com

And for the rolls? Totally got you covered.

Remember those cheddar biscuits I shared last Thursday? Yeah, well they make the most spectacular Sloppy Joe sandwich holder (does that even make sense?) EVER.

Talk about a perfect combo: a saucy beef filling sandwiched between two halves of a tender, flakey, cheese-filled biscuit? My stomach is growling just thinking about it.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes made with quinoa

To my surprise, Sloppy Joes are really a cinch to make.

All you need to do is just brown some ground meat (we used grass-fed, 90% lean beef, but you could also use chicken or turkey), sauté some veggies, whisk up a quick sauce, throw it all into the crockpot with some quinoa and leave it be for 6 hours.

When you come back, your house will be filled with the smells of barbecue mixed with chili. And inside that slow cooker of yours will be a sweet, tangy mixture of pure goodness.

Fill your belly goodness. Warm, comforting goodness. Goodness that makes those freezing winter nights that lie ahead of us just a little more bearable.

The goodness that reminds you how freaking awesome crockpots are.

Slow Cooker Quinoa Sloppy Joes

Talk about a perfect combo: a saucy beef filling sandwiched between two halves of a tender, flakey, cheese-filled biscuit
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 444kcal
Author Alyssa
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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes made with Quinoa
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  • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add beef and cook until browned. Transfer to a crockpot and return skillet to the stove.
  • Add carrots, mushrooms, onions and garlic to the pan and saute until starting to soften. Transfer to the crockpot. Add quinoa.
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix together remaining ingredients, minus water, salt and pepper. Pour this sauce over the ingredients inside the crockpot. Add water and stir together.
  • Turn crockpot on high and cook for 4 hours. Turn down to low and let simmer for another 2 - 3 hours.
  • Serve with Cheddar Quinoa Biscuits and enjoy!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 718mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 4290IU | Vitamin C: 9.9mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3.9mg

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About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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  1. I’m having a hard time understanding the nutritional information- the serving size is 1 gram? And how do I convert kcals to regular calories. Sorry if that’s a silly question

  2. Thanks for the Recipe, Quinona Sloppy Joes I have been looking for something that I can cook for my husband too, so he should enjoy them, Taa Regards Wendy

  3. This sounds delicious! and so easy. I don’t have a slow cooker yet, but I will soon and I will definitely cook this recipe. Thanks Alyssa!


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