Hot-and-Spicy Sloppy Joes

Adjust the “Hot-and-Spicy” part by using regular tomato juice and cut down on the amount of peppers.

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 lg. onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can hot-style tomato juice or vegetable juice cocktail (6 oz.)
1/2 c. catsup
1/2 c. water
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. chopped canned jalapeño peppers (optional)

1 tbsp. prepared mustard
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
8 hamburger buns
shredded Cheddar cheese

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

Meanwhile, in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart crockery cooker combine tomato juice; catsup; water; brown sugar; jalapeño peppers, if desired; mustard, chili powder; and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in meat mixture. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or high-heat setting for 3 to 5 hours. Toast buns; spoon meat mixture over buns and sprinkle with cheese.

Serves 8

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