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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Feeding Large Groups - Homemade Sloppy Joes

Our family loves to host, entertain, have parties, whatever you want to call it.  We normally have something big going on at our house at least once every other month.  Whether it's just a group of friends for card games, football or baseball game parties, late night bonfires, or birthday celebrations....there's always some reason to have friends over!
Sloppy Joes is a quick and easy recipe and it feeds a lot of people.  It can also keep warm in the crockpot and it's easy to serve.  Please note that this recipe makes enough to serve 25-30 people.  This isn't a normal family of 4 dinner meal.  Unless you are wanting to freeze the remaining and have Sloppy Joes once a week for the next 5 weeks.  But I have a feeling your family might hate you for that.  At least mine would. 
8 pounds of lean ground beef
3 peppers (red, yellow, orange), diced
2 large onions, diced
32 ounces of ketchup
1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
5 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
Kaiser Rolls or my personal favorite is Nature's Own Butter Buns
Brown the ground beef in a large pot over medium high heat.  Drain and return to large pot.
  Saute peppers, onions, and minced garlic in 3 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat until softened. 
Add to pot of cooked ground beef.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.  Simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. 
Spoon a heaping amount of meat on bottom bun and top with the other half.  Buns can be toasted with butter for extra flavor.
This recipe can also be made the night before and reheated in the crockpot on warm or low setting for about an hour until ready to serve.  You can easily add more or less spices depending on how you like it.  It's very easily adaptable and you can't really mess it up.


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