Sloppy Joes

Last night, we had slow cooker sloppy joes for dinner. This was actually a request from J, they were such a success on previous occasions.

This recipe was adapted from Slow Cooker Favorites Made Healthy, which called for brisket. Small cuts of brisket are hard to find around here, and we don’t have the freezer room to get a large one and cut it down. So I went with good old ground beef. This shortened the cooking time, too.

1 to 2 lbs ground beef
1 10-oz can chopped tomatoes w/ green chile peppers, undrained
8 oz applesauce
3 oz (1/3 c) tomato paste
1/4 c reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 c packed brown sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
10-12 hamburger buns, toasted

1. Put meat into slow cooker.
2. In bowl, stir together all other ingredients (except buns), pour over meat.
3. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break up meat and mix into sauce.
4. Cover and cook on low for 6 hrs or high for 3 hrs.
5. Stir everything together in cooker, making sure the beef chunks are all small enough for sandwiches.
5. Make sandwiches, dividing meat out evenly.

The kids loved these, too – even though KG picked out all the tomatoes (sigh). They insist on being giving whole sandwiches, which sure adds to the fun of sloppy joe night!

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