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Classic Beef Sloppy Joes

1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
1 cup minced sweet onion
1 cup minced green bell pepper
1 can (14-1/2 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
Dill pickle slices, coleslaw, American or Cheddar cheese slices (optional)


1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. 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.

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.

2. 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.

Cook's Tip: You may add an additional 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce for sweeter, richer flavor.

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

Cook's Tip: You may serve the beef mixture over hot cooked whole wheat pasta instead of buns.