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Root Beer Sloppy Joes

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Root beer adds a warm caramel note to these fun sandwiches. Serve with baked sweet potato chips.


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup prechopped onion
  • 12 ounces 90% lean ground sirloin
  • 1/2 cup unsalted tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup bottled chili sauce (such as Heinz)
  • 1/4 cup root beer
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 331
  • fat 11.6 g
  • satfat 3.5 g
  • monofat 4.9 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 21 g
  • carbohydrate 35 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 52 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 555 mg
  • calcium 105 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes. Add beef; cook 4 minutes or until beef begins to brown, stirring to crumble. Stir in tomato sauce and next 7 ingredients (through tomato paste); bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Divide beef mixture evenly among bottom halves of buns; top with top halves of buns.

Cook's Notes

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