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Today's mission is brought to you by my daughter's dinner request, homemade Sloppy Joe's.  These are not your everyday sloppy joe sauce from a can.  The fresh chunks of green pepper and onion really give this sandwich a some depth that a canned sauce does not offer.  This is a recipe I adapted from one I found in a "Family Fun Cooking with Kids" cookbook that I purchased years ago.  My daughter was hooked the first time I made them and it's one of those "go to" meals I know she will eat every time.

Most of the ingredients I have on hand in my pantry so I really only have to buy ground beef, green pepper, and hamburger buns, making this meal a less than $5 meal.  

Here's what you'll need

Homemade Sloppy Joe's
1 lb ground beef
1 large green pepper
1 medium onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground chili powder
1/3 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp Worcestershire
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup water


Begin by chopping your green pepper and onion.


In 1 Tbsp oil or cooking spray, sautee onion and green peppers until they are soft.


As your vegetables soften, add ground beef to mixture and brown.


Add spices and Worcestershire to ketchup.


Mix well.


Add tomato sauce to ketchup mixture and stir well.


Add sauce to meat mixture.  Carefully fold into meat mixture until combined.


Once combined, add water and stir.  Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes


Serve on your choice of bread and enjoy!

My daughter ate 80% of her sandwich (which is a lot for her). 


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    Hi, I'm Cindy and I'm on a mission.  As a mother of two in a less than thriving economy, I'm on a mission to get organized to make my life a little easier while also saving money. Join me on my journey to having an organized life.


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