It’s hard to believe that summer is over. As sad as that makes me…I love, love, love the fall! The kids are back in school, my days are more productive, my hair is less frizzy and I can wear cozy sweaters. How can any of that be bad?
OK, so the one thing about fall, and it’s actually not a bad thing, is that dinners need to be more organized. With everyone busy with school, work and activities, we can’t just throw some burgers on the grill at eight o’clock at night. It’s nice to have some meals that you can either prepare in the morning in a slow cooker or that cook up quickly. This meal gives you either option and both turn out deliciously. The best part is, there are usually leftovers, unless you are feeding a crowd and this reheats really nicely.
2 t. olive oil
2 1/2 to 3 lbs. lean ground meat
1 onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic
1/3 C. dark brown sugar
2 t. smoked paprika
1 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
1 t. coriander
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 t. dill
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. red wine vinegar
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
3 T. tomato paste
12 soft rolls for serving
Put the olive oil in a heated heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat. Add the ground meat and break it up while browning it. Add the onions and red pepper and cook until just beginning to soften. Add the garlic and cook for just a minute more.
If you’d like to cook this in a slow cooker, place the meat mixture into the slow cooker at this point along with the remaining ingredients. Cook on the low setting for 4 to 6 hours.
If you’d like to serve this immediately, place the remaining ingredients in the pot and simmer on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
Serve on warmed rolls.
- Serve this with an assortment of rolls. Try some crusty rolls, soft potato rolls or slider rolls…although, the soft ones are my favorite.
- Substitute the ground meat with ground turkey and you’d never know the difference! Remember, that regular ground turkey has as much fat as lean ground meat, so look for ground turkey breast. I like to use half all breast meat and half regular ground turkey.