Classic Sloppy Joes

(Serves 4)

1 pound ground beef (93% lean or leaner)

1 cup minced sweet onion

1 cup minced green bell pepper

1 can (141/2 ounces) unsalted tomato sauce

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

1/4 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon dry mustard

4 whole wheat hamburger buns or 8 slider buns

Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, cook 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Add ground beef and bell pepper; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef into 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.

Stir in tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and mustard; increase heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil; cook 5 to 10 minutes, or until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally. Season with salt, as desired.

Divide beef mixture evenly among buns. Top with pickles, coleslaw and cheese, if desired. Close the sandwiches.

Cook’s Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

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