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Sous Chef Carla


  • 1 tsp (5 ml). olive oil
  • 3 tbs (45 ml). chopped garlic
  • 1 large onion, small dice
  • 2 stalks celery, small dice (optional)
  • 1-1/2 lbs (.7 kg). ground beef
  • 3 medium dill pickles, small dice
  • 2 tsp (10 ml). chili powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml). oregano
  • 2-1/2 tsp (12.5 ml). dried thyme or 2 tsp (10 ml). fresh
  • 2 tsp (10 ml). red wine or other vinegar
  • 1 tsp (5 ml). pickle juice
  • 1 15 oz (420 grm). can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) ketchup
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) water
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • hamburger buns
  • Heat oil in large heavy skillet, such as black iron skillet.
  • Add garlic and saute briefly.
  • Add onions and cook about 3 minutes.
  • Add ground beef and brown.
  • Pour off excess grease.
  • Add pickles, chili powder, oregano, thyme, vinegar and pickle juice and stir.
  • Adjust seasonings to taste (I like a lot of thyme).
  • Add crushed tomatoes, water, ketchup and salt and pepper.
  • Simmer about 20 minutes until excess liquid has evaporated.
  • Serve on hamburger buns.
My chef boyfriend (who happens to be named Joe) turned his nose up at Sloppy Joes until he tried mine; now he won't stop asking me to make them! I am not positive about amounts/measurements so you might want to adjust according to your taste.

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