Sloppy Joes

If you got this recipe way back from this blog bare with me.  I need to re-post a few recipes since the revamp of The Mixing Bowl page.   Plus I made these last night & am always so happy how easy they are & how much everyone loves them.  I finish off my Sloppy Joes with a butter toasted bun & some cheese.  My hubby likes to add pickles.  You can really get creative with toppings to make them more fun.  
If Sloppy Joes have a bad name in your life try this from scratch recipe.  They're nothing like the hot lunch ones you had in grade school.  And they please young & old, male & female, cosmopolitan & redneck alike.  They also make a great finger food for a get together or child's party if you make them as sliders on rolls or mini hamburger buns.  Here's the word on the street...
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 pounds ground beef/elk/deer
1/2 onion diced
1/2 green bell pepper diced
3 garlic cloves minced
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon paprika
salt to taste
2 teaspoons hot sauce or chili powder (optional)
In large skillet cook ground beef  until brown.  Remove from skillet & drain fat.  Add butter, onions, green peppers & garlic to the skillet and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.   Add ketchup, tomato sauce, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, hot sauce, & paprika. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt to taste.   Serve on butter toasted hamburger buns, top with cheese or pickles if you like. 

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