Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe Bowl

Steph Wagner MS, RDN

February 3, 2015

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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe Bowl


Bariatric friendly Crockpot® meal

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe Bowl. Easy and low carb! Perfect after weight loss surgery

Growing up I did not like sloppy joes. When someone in the family mentioned the word “Manwhich” I’d cringe. While I still cringe at that word, my mind has opened up to the possibilities of a good sloppy joe recipe.

However, we traditionally put this meat mixture on a bun right?? I served mine with green beans instead and next time would even put it as a sauce over steamed veggies. It’s really more of a sloppy joe bowl than a traditional sloppy joe.

If you’ve had weight loss surgery, remember to keep your mixture nice and thick. A soupy mixture would leave your stomach quickly and you’re like to feel hungry or shaky sooner. Instead, use a slotted spoon to remove the mixture from your slow cooker (yes, that is the same thing as a Crockpot®)


Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe Bowl. Easy and low carb! Perfect after weight loss surgery

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe Bowl

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Slow Cooker
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 lb 97% lean ground beef
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (under 8 grams sugar)


  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet, adding a pinch of salt and pepper to season, and drain after cooking. Move to the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Add all the other ingredients: red onion, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Stir to combine.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Serve in a bowl with cooked veggies such as a steamer bag of cauliflower, broccoli and carrots.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 535mg | Potassium: 473mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe Bowl
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 535mg23%
Potassium 473mg14%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 8IU0%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe Bowl”

  1. @Cora great question. Serving sizes are always “traditional” because bariatric sizes differ greatly. This will make 3 ounce servings, four total servings.

  2. Hi Lisa!
    This particular recipe has an estimated 208 calories per serving. My style of coaching for bariatric weight loss is not calorie based so I share the protein, carbs and fat but not calorie count. I recommend journaling in Baritastic and then looking at the ratio of protein:carbs:fat. I have a post that talks a little more about calories ( and another one that talks more about macros ( For patients that are more calorie based you can add them to Baritastic or MyFitnessPal has an easy way to copy and paste a URL into their recipe tracker for full nutrition panels.
    Sorry for the longer answer but wanted to explain!


  3. 5 stars
    I made this to share with family. I served theirs on buns and mine in a bowl. They liked it as much as I did. I appreciate recipes like this that are easily adaptable for non-bariatric family members. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef because my daughter has been advised to cut back on beef, but the flavor was really good. A tasty recipe with just a few ingredients and very little prep time! I’m looking forward to the leftovers for lunch.

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