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Sloppy joe recipes vary from a midwestern loose meat sandwich to a southern California version made with chopped turkey. The all time best sloppy joe comes from my husband, Russell. I'm serious. My husband's sloppy joes have reached such legendary status he has been asked to cater them at weddings, retirement parties and other events. Neighbor kids stop by and ask him to make a batch.

There are a lot of easy ground beef recipes but few that taste this good. People who say they don't like sloppy joes eat every bite. Believe me. When it comes to awesome sloppy joes, this is a world class contender.

NOTES: Drain beef after cooking on paper towels to absorb grease. Freeze leftover joe in individual sizes for quick sloppy joes later. Use 90/10 lean ground beef and fresh bakery buns.

CALORIES: 325-425 depending on size of bun. For cheese, add about 100-115 calories per 1 ounce slice.

Russell's Best Sloppy Joe Recipe

1.5 lbs. lean ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup drained and rinsed Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
1/2 cup Brooks tangy ketchup
1/3 cup Shiner Bock beer
2 T. A-1 Steak Sauce
1/3 cup coke
5 dashes Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 t. salt
1 t. chili powder
8 buns
  1. Cook onion, green pepper, celery, tomatoes and green chilies in coated skillet using a tablespoon olive oil. Cook until onions are translucent, brown and caramelized slightly. Set aside.
  2. Wipe the skillet an cook ground beef until light brown. Drain grease, rinse meat under hot water place on paper towel to drain.
  3. Combine vegetables, beef and other ingredients (except buns) in a large skillet. Cook on low heat until broth thickens.
  4. After 30-40 minutes on low heat your joes should be thick and meaty, not loose and runny. Fill your buns and serve. This is one spicy sloppy joe recipe so be prepared.

Every list of easy ground beef recipes includes sloppy joes. This, my friend, is a great one. Makes eight generous, large bun sandwiches.

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