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Sloppy Joes ~ Freezer and/or Camp Meal

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Want to know something… I LOVE sloppy joes! I don’t know what it is about them, but there is something so comforting and hearty and delicious about the beefy, saucy, yummy meat…. Whether you toast a roll or serve them on super soft hamburger buns (our favorite way)… I can never pass one up!

These are great with tator tots, fries or chips and/or sliced up fresh fruit AND we always like fresh veggies as a side for these sloppy joes!

This is a tried and true “gramma” recipe so you know it’s good…. Each batch makes about 6+ decent sandwiches so I often double the recipe so I can freeze half for a quick easy meal another night. This recipe is perfect for heating in the crock for a few hours and is always a favorite to come home to after a game night!

Also a favorite “CAMP” meal because the crock can sit and sammies can be made as wanted!

• As with many of “MY” recipes – this is a variation of a cook book recipe found online… Also, as usual, I tripled the original recipe and then cut in ½… because 1 lb of burger just can’t feed my brood – but a pound and a ½ is perfect!

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SLOPPY JOES –

1 and ½ lbs. ground beef
¾ cup diced onion
¾ cup diced green pepper
½ cup water
1 and ½ cups Ketchup
1 TBS beef bouillon
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 TBS brown sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp mustard

Dice your peppers and onions… as big or as little as you want… feel free to throw other diced veggies in too – sometimes I add zucchini and/or squash and even carrots if I have some extra… I just like the ratio of 1.5 cups diced veggies to 1.5 lbs ground beef and the veggie mix has to include peppers and onions for the flavor!

Brown the beef with the peppers and onions… drain off the fat.

Add the water, ketchup, beef bouillon, Worcestershire, brown sugar and mustard – mix well.

(FREEZE to use later – thaw overnight)

Heat in Frying pan – then once hot – simmer for 20 minutes… or heat in a crock for a few hours!

Serve on buns – either crispy toasted or super soft…. No in between! ENJOY!!!!

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