Sloppy Joes



2 1/2  pounds ground beef

1  medium onion, chopped

3  cloves garlic, minced

1 1/4  cups catsup

1  medium green sweet pepper, chopped

2  stalks celery, chopped

1/3  cup water

3  tablespoons brown sugar

3  tablespoons prepared mustard

3  tablespoons vinegar

3  tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1  tablespoon chili powder

16  to 20  hamburger buns, split and toasted



In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion, and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender.

Drain off fat.


In a 31/2- or 4-quart crockery cooker combine catsup, sweet pepper, celery, water, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and chili powder. Stir in meat mixture.


Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. Spoon into toasted buns