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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes


We love Sloppy Joes!  Well, all of us but our younger son.  He has never been a big fan but he will tolerate them.  I have always made them the quick way - using a can of Sloppy Joe Sauce.  Using the canned sauce was always much easier and faster.  I found this recipe and I have to say that after I made these with the slow cooker, I don't see us going back to the canned sauce again.  The wonderful smell filled the house, and we all were ready to dive in when it was finished cooking.   And, this recipe won our picky eater over.  He really enjoyed these, and asked when we could have them again!

This is a great recipe to double up and freeze for a quick week-day dinner.

Ready In: 6-8 hours
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients
3 pounds 95% lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 cups ketchup
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons prepared mustard
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons chili powder
Toasted hamburger buns

Directions
Cook and stir ground beef, onion and garlic in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until beef is browned and onion is tender. Drain and discard fat.

Combine ketchup, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, mustard, vinegar and chili powder in 4 1/2-quart slow cooker. Stir in beef mixture. Cover; cook on low 6 to 8 hours. To serve, spoon mixture onto hamburger buns.




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