Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sloppy Joes

I've been making this particular recipe for sloppy joes for several years now.  After serving it the first time it was apparent that it was very well liked and thereby designated a "keeper" recipe.

Sloppy Joes
(Better Homes & Gardens, Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes)

2-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/4 cups catsup
1 medium green sweet pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons prepared mustard
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
16 to 20 hamburger buns, split and toasted

In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender.  Drain off fat.

In a 3-1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker combine catsup, sweet pepper, celery, water, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and chili powder.  Stir in meat mixture.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or high heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.  Spoon onto toasted buns.

Nutrition facts per serving: 298 calories,  12 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 44 mg chol., 579 mg sodium, 31 g carbo., 2 g fiber, 17 g protein.

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