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Charlotte's Sloppy Joes


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1/2 - 1 Tbsp. sugar (I use generic splenda)
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt or garlic powder (more or less to taste)


Cook and drain ground beef (I use regular ground beef, drain and rinse very well, this will make it as lean as the 93% lean beef), stir in ketchup, sugar (or splenda), mustard, and garlic salt/powder. Simmer on low for 10 - 15 minutes.

This can be made ahead and froze. It can also be kept warm on low in a crockpot.

Source: This is my mother in law Charlotte's recipe. I NEVER buy store bought sauce anymore. This is easy and tasty!

By Betsy from Hernando, MS

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June 26, 20080 found this helpful

Surely the 1/2 - 1 cup sugar is a typo. I hope.

Editor's Note: That is the way it was sent in but it must be in error. I changed it to 1/2 - 1 Tbsp.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 29, 20080 found this helpful

I am not sure what you thought was a error, the ketchup maybe? I don't think so. Sloppy Joes are very tomato based! I think this sounds yummy and much better than the canned stuff! The only thing I might add would be some onion with the hamburger.

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