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Slow-cooker lentil sloppy joes

Easy slow cooker lentil sloppy-joes. Quick meal for healthy kids!

Sloppy joes! She went and tweaked a classic meal like sloppy joes?!

I did! 😀 Actually many (many many) times as I made and re-made this recipe till I got just what I was looking for.

We love sloppy joes around here. Mainly because our boys will chow it right up without a second glance… Even better if I can make it in a slow-cooker and throw in some extras without wrecking the flavour, right?

Plus save a few $ since lentils are cheaper than ground beef, AND add in some extra nutrition with legumes which have an impressive list of goodness in them, but only if they get into our stomachs. And our kids’ stomachs.

On another note, it really helps if you have a brother who has farmed the lentils and you’ve gotten them from his grain bin, because then you can tell your young eater that ‘these are from uncle Derek’s combine’, & suddenly they are the epitome of awesome.

…anything that makes lentils fun is fair game, right? 🙂

The scoop:

1/2 the amount of meat + lentils + carrots + celery. Nothing actually too crazy or earth shattering. Plus easy. Did I mention easy? Make sure you note *easy on your recipe. With a little star.

Easy slow cooker lentil sloppy-joes. Quick meal for healthy kids!

I chose to use red lentils because they break down very well when cooked, = the sloppy joes doesn’t end up with lentil ‘chunks’. Green lentils will work also, they are just more noticeable in the mix.

Easy slow cooker lentil sloppy-joes. Quick meal for healthy kids!

The meat will need to be browned and then everything can go into the slow cooker and cook over high heat for 4 or low for 7 hours.

P.s. You can also make this on the stovetop if you don’t have 4 hours. Simply cook the lentils for 20 minutes in 1.5 cups water, and drain any extra. Add 1.5 cups water to the pot after all ingredients are in. Once its all in the pot, simmer it 30 minutes. That’s it! A bit more over the stove involved than in the slow-cooker, but both ways work well!

For another easy slow cooker meal, have a peek at slow cooker pineapple pulled pork!

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Easy slow cooker lentil sloppy-joes. Quick meal for healthy kids!

Slow-cooker lentil sloppy joes

  • Author: Kendra (tiny tummy tales)
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 mins


This is a quick and easy slow-cooker lentil sloppy joes recipe with the lentils replacing some of the meat and with the addition of celery and carrots! Perfect for a busy day.


  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 3/4 lb browned ground beef
  • 3/4 cup celery, minced
  • 1 cup carrots, finely shredded
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 T dehydrated onion flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 T tomato paste
  • 398 ml (approx 13.5oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 T worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T yellow mustard
  • 3 T honey or brown sugar
  • 2 cups water


  1. Brown ground beef
  2. Add all ingredients into a slow-cooker
  3. Cook on high heat 4 hours or low for 7 hours
  4. Enjoy!
  • Category: Supper

From my kitchen to yours- enjoy!

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