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Zesty Sloppy Joes


  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained (14oz. each)
  • 2 cans tomato sauce (8oz. each)
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  • 1 can tomato paste (6oz.)
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. celery salt or celery seed
  • 2 tsp. onion salt or onion powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 16 hamburger buns, split


In a Dutch oven or large kettle, cook the ground beef and green pepper over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring meat mixture to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes. Uncover; cook 30-40 minutes longer or until thickened. Discard the bay leaves. Serve 1/2 cup of meat mixture on each bun.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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