1 1/4 lbs ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 small sweet bell pepper, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp red pepper flake (optional)
Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt & pepper, to taste
4 buns and 1 Tbs butter, softened (my Homemade Bun Recipe, click here)
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper and celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
Add ground beef and garlic to skillet. Cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until beef is no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes.
Stir tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard and red pepper flakes into beef mixture in skillet. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
Season the mixture with any Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, more salt and pepper, as desired.
To serve, spread the bun/rolls with butter and brown them on a griddle or skillet. Spoon a good amount of the meat mixture onto the bottom roll, and then top with the other half. Double this entire recipe for 8 buns/Sandwiches.
Recipe & Photos by: Diane Baker for Canning and Cooking at Home
Link to my Homemade Buns, click here