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Sloppy Joes

I got this recipe years ago from my friend Carolyn who made it often for her large family.  It became a favorite of my family too, so I thought I'd share it with you.  It can be made in any quantity -- I once made it for a large group of teenagers and started with 10 pounds of hamburger!  You should have seen the size of the pot!  As long as the ingredients are all increased the same, it turns out great.  It's an economical dish for a family -- only one pound of hamburger goes a long way.  You can serve it on gluten free bread, plain or toasted,  or over gluten free biscuits.  And best of all, you can sneak in an extra vegetable without your kids knowing.  If you think they'd recognize the sliced celery and not eat it, just cut it up the same size as the onions, and they'll never know :).  You do what you gotta do!

Sloppy Joes

1 lb hamburger
2 onions, chopped
1 Cup celery, chopped
1 can (14-1/2 oz) petite diced tomatoes, or 2 Cups home canned tomatoes
1/4 Cup catsup
2 Tbsp minute tapioca
2 tsp chili powder
1-1/4 tsp salt
pepper to taste

Cook the hamburger, onions and celery together until the meat is browned and the vegetables are soft.  Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until well blended, stirring often. 

Serve and enjoy!

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