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Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

These Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes are great for casual entertaining! They’re super easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd with very little prep involved. Plus, they’re full of savory Philly cheesesteak flavor!

Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

During the holidays…or really anytime, I am all about casual entertaining. I have never been a fancy dinner party thrower, or attender. My friends and I like to get together for dinners pretty regularly, and we are all on the same page when it comes to food…easy, delicious and low-key. I’d rather spend more time having fun and relaxing, than fussing over a complicated menu.

So obviously I use my Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker every chance I get when I have company over…I mean you prep ahead of time, your food cooks while you’re doing other things and then boom! Everything is ready when you need it to be…PLUS you don’t have to worry about things staying warm or using up oven space.

Anyhow, I created this Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe recipe as a fun dinner idea to feed a crowd when you’re having company over OR scale it back and have it as an easy weeknight meal.

The process is crazy easy.

How to Make Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe’s

Just slice up some bell pepper and onions…I didn’t have green bell peppers on-hand, so I used red and orange this time…but you can mix it up for sure!

Chopped red bell peppers, orange bell peppers and onions on a plastic cutting board

Put all of the ingredients in the Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker.

Chopped vegetables being combined with seasonings in a crock pot inner pot

I add in some steak seasoning, some brown gravy and some tomato paste.

Brown gravy being poured into a crock pot with the veggies and seasonings for sloppy joes

This really makes the flavor both a combination of sloppy joe AND Philly Cheesesteak!

The veggie and flavoring mixture for philly cheesesteak sloppy joes in the inner pot of a crock pot

Cook it on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6. But half way through cooking get on in there with a wooden spoon and break up the ground beef as best you can!

A close-up shot of the sandwich filling for philly cheesesteak sloppy joes

Also, make sure you are using a very lean ground beef when making this recipe. You could even use ground turkey. Since you won’t be draining the meat, you want to make sure the meat has the least amount of fat as possible.

Also, when the sloppy joe mixture is almost done, if you notice that the liquid is very thin you can remove some of the liquid and mix it with some cornstarch. Place this back into the Crock-Pot® and cook for another hour-ish to thicken it up.

The ground beef sloppy joes mixture being mixed with a wooden spoon in a crock pot

There are so many options here on how to serve it too! You can go traditional and serve it with provolone cheese on a bun. Or you could fill a baked potato with it (and add cheese). You could eat it plain, like a chili with Fritos or Tortilla chips…I mean SO many options!

This recipe makes a large portion, so feel free to scale it back if you are just feeding your family. OR make the whole huge batch and freeze the extras!


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A Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes sandwich on a white plate.

Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Crock Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes are great for casual entertaining! This slow cooker recipe is super easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd. Plus, they’re full of savory Philly cheesesteak flavor!


  • 4 pounds very lean ground beef
  • 2 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 2 green or yellow bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons steak seasoning
  • 1/2 cup brown gravy
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • *optional – 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • sliced Provolone cheese


  1. Add all the ingredients into your 5-6 quart Crock-Pot®.
  2. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours. Halfway through the cooking process break up the ground beef with a wooden spoon.
  3. If the liquid is too thin, remove 2 – 3 tablespoons of liquid from the Crock-Pot® and combine it with 2 tablespoons of corn starch. Pour this back into the Crock-Pot® and stir. Cook for an additional 45 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  4. Serve on hamburger buns with a slice of Provolone cheese.

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13 comments on “Crock Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes”

  1. I’m going to attempt this with no tomato paste and adjustments — my friend Carol is allergic to tomatoes and if I can make this friendly to her, I’d like to share it. We’re making it when my pepper-hating daughter is away for the weekend. Some things I’ll try–squeezing excess water from the peppers/onions before crocking them (if there’s less water to start with, there’s less chance of needing to thicken). Oh, and I’ll maybe use half the water when I make the brown gravy from a mix (I hate jarred/canned gravy). So less water there, too. This is an amazing idea and it’ll be on my blog next week.

  2. This is an abomination. There is not one thing about this that is like a cheesesteak. Please do not call these “Philly Cheesesteak” sloppy joes. This may fly in New Jersey, but you’d get snowballs thrown at you for this in Philly.

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