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Zesty Sloppy Joes

  • Servings: 8
  • Course: Main Dish

These zesty sloppy joe sandwiches are not only delicious, but are really easy to make. You can throw the ingredients in your slow cooker before your day gets started and have a tasty meal ready to go as soon as your hungry crew gets home.

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  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 6-ounce can vegetable juice
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons no-calorie, heat-stable granular sugar substitute
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, canned jalapeno peppers (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Sweet pepper strips (optional)
  • Reynolds Kitchens® Slow Cooker Liner


Step 1

In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion, and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine vegetable juice, ketchup, water, sugar substitute, jalapeno peppers (if desired), mustard, chili powder, and Worcestershire sauce.

Step 3

Stir in meat mixture.

Step 4

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.

Step 5

Spoon meat mixture onto bun halves. If desired, sprinkle with cheese and serve with sweet pepper strips.

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