Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes

by Valerie Bertinelli 3:00 AM, October 24, 2017

Aired October 24, 2017

Serves 8

1 tablespoon canola oil
2 ½ pounds ground sirloin
¾ cup chopped green bell pepper
½ cup chopped celery
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 cup tomato sauce
½ cup lemon-lime soda
½ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
8 hamburger buns


Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add the beef, and cook, stirring to crumble, until browned, about 8 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper, celery, onion, and garlic; cook; stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 6 minutes. Drain well.

Transfer the beef mixture to a 5-quart slow cooker. Stir in the tomato sauce, soda, ketchup, mustard, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, salt, oregano, black pepper and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Cover and cook on HIGH until slightly thickened, about 4 hours, or on LOW about 8 hours. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar. Serve the beef mixture on the hamburger buns.

Excerpt from "Valerie's Home Cooking: More than 100 Delicious Recipes to Share with Friends and Family" by Valerie Bertinelli. Copyright © 2017 by Valerie Bertinelli. Used with permission by Oxmoor House. All rights reserved.

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