submitted by Joyce
When my 3 kids were growing up, I had several ways of stretching a pound of ground beef, using other ingredients I normally kept in my pantry. This was their favorite. Later, I made it for my grandkids. Even now, my husband and I use it as a budget stretcher. Since there are just 2 of us, we use less meat. Easy to increase by adding more meat and beans, if you have more mouths to feed.
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1 lb. ground beef
1 can (11- to 15-ounces) pork & beans
1 - 2 T. brown sugar, adjust to taste
1 T. dehydrated onion
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 c. catsup
Small squirt of yellow prepared mustard
Hamburger buns (about 8)
In non-stick skillet, stir and brown ground beef. I set electric skillet to 300 degrees. Drain cooked beef. Drain most of the liquid from the pork and beans; discard. Remove the little chunks of pork fat. Add drained beans and the rest of ingredients to skillet; stir to mix well. Cook just long enough to heat through.
Serve on hamburger buns, sloppy joe style, should make about 8 sandwiches. Whole process takes no more than 15 minutes.
I always serve this with potato chips and cottage cheese with fresh fruit. As a diabetic, I use only 1 T. brown sugar and serve on whole grain buns.
Leftovers, if any, can be refrigerated in covered container and served next day or two. I spoon mixture onto bun right out of fridge, wrap in paper towel, and microwave one sandwich for 30 seconds. Just as good!
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