Make these tasty Low Carb Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes from scratch for a spicy, healthy dinner the whole family will love! Use beef or pork and you’ll see how delicious Sloppy Joes can be.

Make these Low Carb Slow Cooker Spicy Joes that are so tasty no one will know they're Keto friendly!

There is nothing like good old fashioned comfort food when the weather is cold outside. Don’t let being on a diet keep you from enjoying your favorites. Low Carb Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes is a go-to recipe when those cravings for meat in a rich sauce hit. Another one to try is my Creamy Mustard Sauce Chicken!

I was going thru some old recipes the other day and found one for my favorite sloppy joes. As soon as I looked thru the ingredient list, I knew the recipe could be converted to low carb with only a few changes.

The original recipe called for ketchup and barbecue sauce to make the tangy sauce that sloppy joes are loved for. Both of these ingredients are famous for having added sugars. The easiest remedy is to use a low carb substitute. There are lots of sugar-free varieties of both of these on the market, so use your favorite.

Slow cooker with recipe ingredients


These are just like classic sloppy joes, with a few substitutions to make friendly to low carb dieters. Use sugar free ketchup and barbecue sauce with a carb friendly brown sugar substitute and you can make low carb Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes that taste just like the original. The best part is my boys couldn’t even tell the difference!


Get started by browning your meat. Put the meat in a large skillet and brown until almost cooked. This will take about 5 minutes over medium-high heat. For this recipe I used lean ground beef, but ground pork, chicken or turkey would be delicious too! If cooking your meat renders out more than 2 tablespoons of fat, drain before adding the vegetables.

Add the celery and onions to the meat and cook until they are just tender, and the meat has finished browning, about 2 minutes. Scrape the mixture into the bottom of the slow cooker.

Stir in the remaining ingredients and set the slow cooker to Low for 4 – 6 hours or High for 2 – 3 hours until done. Stir the meat mixture occasionally during cooking.

Serve over low carb buns or bread. Add cheese to the top and allow the heat of the meat to melt it. Or make lettuce wraps and add a dollop of sour cream before rolling them up!


You can add the raw meat right to the slow cooker for this recipe, but I do not recommend it. Once cooked with the other ingredients, any fat rendered from the meat will remain and be very difficult to separate later.

No will will know it's Low Carb Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes but you!


One of the great things about sloppy joes is how versatile they are and ripe for making the recipe suit your family’s tastes. Try adding in some diced green or red bell peppers, tomato or garlic. Green chili peppers add nice heat, or go whole hog and add bacon. Still low-carb friendly and oh so good!

Sloppy Joe with melting cheese
Cooked sloppy joe on a Keto bun
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Low Carb Slow Cooker Spicy Sloppy Joes

Made from scratch for a spicy, healthy dinner the whole family will love! Use beef or pork and you’ll see how delicious Sloppy Joes can be.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 130kcal


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef, chicken or pork
  • 1/4 cup sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar free ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sugar free barbecue sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Sukrin Gold, or LC brown sugar substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry mustard, or 1 TBSP yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons pepperocini brine, from jar
  • 2 whole pepperocini


  • Gather ingredients. Slice celery and dice onion.
  • Place ground beef (or chicken or pork) in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Brown meat, breaking up into small pieces as it cooks, about 5 minutes.
  • When meat is nearly done, add celery and onion to the pan. Continue cooking until celery and onion are tender, about 2 minutes. Scrape mixture into slow cooker.
  • Add all other ingredients to the slow cooker; stir to combine.
  • Set slow cooker to Low  for 4 – 6  hours or to High for 2 – 3 hours.
  • Serve hot over low carb rolls or bread with cheese or roll up as lettuce wraps with sour cream.



Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Slow Cooker Spicy Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.6g4%
Carbohydrates 4.8g2%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 14.9g30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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