Not Your Mother’s Sloppy Joes
I honestly don’t recall my mother ever making sloppy joes when I was young. This is one of our favorite recipes for busy nights and makes great leftovers for lunch the next day.
3 lbs. lean ground beef
1 c. yellow onion, chopped
1 c. celery, chopped
1/2 c. green bell pepper, chopped
1 (12-oz.) bottle chili sauce
1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef with onions, celery and green pepper until beef is thoroughly cooked. Drain if necessary.
2. Put mixture into slow cooker. Stir in all remaining ingredients, cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Serve in buns.
Apron Strings Tips: This recipe shortcut is to skip the slow cooker and simply let it simmer in the skillet for an hour, stirring occasionally. I like to serve it with steak fries and offer sliced cheese to add on the sandwiches. I can sneak in carrots as well if I grate them and add them in step 1.