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May 7, 2011 09:04 AM

Homemade manwich/sloppy joes

Anyone have a recipe they really like? We want some kind of tomato flavour.
Want to make it Tues night for a Wed night easy peesy dinner!

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    1. I love this easy and tasty version. If you want spicy just add your favorite hot sauce. I omit the brown sugar.

      Sloppy Joes (from

      2 pounds lean ground beef
      1/2 cup chopped onion
      1 cup chopped celery
      1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato
      1/4 cup ketchup 1 tablespoon white vinegar
      1/4 cup packed brown sugar
      1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
      8 hamburger buns

      1. Place ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until evenly browned, stirring to crumble. I like to use a potato masher to even out the lumps. Add onion and celery, cover the pan, and cook until tender and transparent, about 5 minutes. Drain off any grease.
      2. Stir the tomato soup (undiluted), ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce into the beef mixture. Season with salt and garlic powder. Heat to a simmer over low heat, and cook until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently to prevent it from burning on the bottom.
      3. Spoon the hot beef mixture onto buns, which may be toasted first, and serve.

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      1. re: Gail

        That recipe is very similar to what my Nana used to make as "Dynamites", a regional, Rhode Island, version of sloppy joes, except she wouldn't use celery (not sure I would either) and put in chopped green pepper instead.

        1. Our favorite Sloppy Joes recipe is from Pioneer Woman - reminds me of the W-S bottled sauce

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          1. re: maplesugar

            That looks like a promising recipe. I need to see ones with pics of them.

            1. re: itryalot

              Pictures? Aren't there some on PW's post linked to above?

              I forgot to add - I use red pepper instead of the green she calls for - just a personal preference.

          2. The "secret" to Sloppy Joes is in the mix. Blend at least 1/3 ground lamb or pork to the meat mixture. You'll be glad you did.

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            1. re: todao

              Ooh never thought of lamb (we usually use ground bison around here) thanks :)

              1. re: todao

                Lamb; would never have thought of it. I am not a fan usually of lamb and tomato mixtures.