By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… The Original 200 Plus Secret Recipes© Book (Secret RecipesTM, Marysville, MI; June 1997, p. 33).

My version of this grocery shelf product [originally], dated 8/14/76, provided a one-pan (6-qt kettle) or Slow Cooker mixture that did not require much attention.

NOTES ON SLOPPY JOE RECIPE: This is a good recipe to make, when using a Slow Cooker, if you have to be away for several hours and want it ready when you got home, sufficient to feed a big group or ‘make ahead’ to freeze in small portions, for rewarming quickly later in the microwave


3 lbs. ground beef (sirloin or round steak)

1 cup chopped onion

3 stalks celery, sliced thin

2 envelopes dry onion soup mix

2 cans (28-oz each) tomatoes, undrained and broken up well

10-oz can [condensed] tomato soup, undiluted

½ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp anise extract (licorice flavoring)

1 TB soy sauce

1 TB Worcestershire

¼ cup dark molasses

½ cup sweet pickle relish

½ cup ketchup

6-oz can tomato paste

1 tsp garlic salt

1 TB crushed sweet basil leaves

1 TB dill seeds

1 tsp paprika


Brown beef until pink color disappears. Add everything else and simmer gently, 6 hours, covered. Cool. Freeze in small portions. [Makes] enough to fill 6-doz hamburger buns.


See also…

Mondays & Memories of My Mom – It’s Your Story, Run With It

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