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"Neat" Sloppy Joes

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No green pepper in this recipe, so it's kid-friendly. The mixture is thick, so they are "neat" rather than sloppy. This freezes and reheats well.


2 pounds lean ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup

1/4 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

8 hamburger buns


Place ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until evenly browned, stirring to crumble. I like to use a potato masher to even out the lumps. Add onion and celery, cover the pan, and cook until tender and transparent, about 5 minutes. Drain off any grease.

Stir the tomato soup (undiluted), ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce into the beef mixture. Season with salt and garlic powder. Heat to a simmer over low heat, and cook until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently to prevent it from burning on the bottom.

Spoon the hot beef mixture onto buns, which may be toasted first, and serve.

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