Two Quick "Alternative to Cans" Recipes: Sloppy Joes & Chili Dog Sauce

These are two favorite recipes from Southern Living's Homestyle Cooking cook book.   Both allow a healthy, or at least, wholesome alternative to canned items.   Plus, they're very economical. 


Sloppy Joes  
(I always add chopped bell pepper and minced garlic w/the onion.)

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup ketchup
3 Tbsp. sweet or dill pickle relish
1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
5 hamburger buns, toasted

Brown ground meat and onion in a large nonstick skillet, stirring until meat crumbles; drain.   Stir in ketchup and next 5 ingredients.   Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.   Spoon meat mixture over bottom halves of buns; top with remaining halves.  Yield: 5 servings.

Chili Dog Sauce  
( I try to make double or triple batches to freeze.   It reheats well, especially on the stove.)


2 lbs. ground beef, turkey, or combo.
1 med. onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. pepper
2 cups tomato juice

Cook ground meat and onion in a Dutch oven over med.-high heat until beef is browned, stirring until it crumbles; drain well.  

Add garlic, chili powder, and ground cumin; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly.   Add ground ginger and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30 min. or until thickened.  Serve hot over frankfurters in buns.   Yield: 5 cups.

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