Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tastes Like Sloppy Joes Meat Sauce

This tastes sort of like sloppy joes but is a sauce which is delicious served over rice or pasta.
It started out as a throw together one night but has turned into a family favorite.
The recipe is for a lot but it freezes well so don't be afraid to try it.

2.5 lbs extra lean ground beef
1 16 oz package frozen sliced mixed bell peppers and onion
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbs chopped garlic
1 6 oz can tomato paste
2 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 7 3/4 oz can el pato mexican tomato sauce
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes
1/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
3 tbs worcestershire sauce
1 tbs black pepper
2 tbs seasoning salt
1/2 tbs garlic powder
1/2 tbs onion powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbs dried cilantro
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp tabasco sauce

In a large pot over medium high heat saute the onions and peppers until they begin to get tender.
Add the ground beef, chopped garlic, 1/2 of the seasoning salt, and 1/2 of the black pepper.
Continue to cook until the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are very tender. While cooking be sure to break the ground meat up as small as possible. You aren't looking for a chunky type of meat sauce here but one where everything just kind of melts together.
Reduce the heat to simmer and add all of the rest of the ingredients.
Simmer about 20 to 30 minutes minimum but longer is good too if you have the time as the sauce just becomes thicker and thicker.

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