Make-Ahead Sloppy Joes

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Enjoy these Make-Ahead Sloppy Joes with a side of fries or chips for a convenient and delicious meal.

Sloppy Joes
Makes 6 servings
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  1. 2 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  2. 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  3. 3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  4. 3/4 cup chopped onion
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  7. 3/4 cup ketchup
  8. 3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  9. 3 tablespoons chili powder
  10. 2 tablespoons malt vinegar
  11. 2 teaspoons salt
  12. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  13. 6 hamburger buns
  14. Ranch Fries (recipe follows)
  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook ground beef and next 4 ingredients over medium heat for about 9 minutes or until meat is browned and crumbly but not cooked completely through; drain.
  2. In a 4-quart slow cooker, whisk together tomato sauce and next 6 ingredients. Stir meat mixture into tomato sauce mixture.
  3. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours. Serve on hamburger buns with Ranch Fries.
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Ranch Fries
Makes 6 to 8 servings
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  1. 1 (1-ounce) package ranch dressing mix
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  3. 1 (32-ounce) package frozen shoestring fries, baked according to package directions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together ranch dressing mix and oil until smooth. Drizzle mixture over warm fries, tossing to coat. Serve immediately.
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