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Slow-Cooker Pizza Joes

Serve two kid favorites in one with pizza sauce, pepperoni, and more added to ground beef sauce for sandwich buns.

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 6 hr 25 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 18
 

Ingredients

2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2
medium onions, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2
cup chopped green bell pepper (1/2 medium)
2
jars (14 oz each) pizza sauce
1
package (3.5 oz) sliced pepperoni, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1
teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
18
sandwich buns, split
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (2 oz)

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook ground beef and onions over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 2 Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Spoon beef mixture into slow cooker. Stir in bell pepper, pizza sauce, pepperoni, basil and oregano.
  • 3 Cover; cook on Low setting 4 to 6 hours.
  • 4 To assemble sandwiches, spoon about 1/3 cup beef mixture onto bottom halves of buns. Top each with scant 2 tablespoons cheese. Cover with top halves of buns.
  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook ground beef and onions over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 2 Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Spoon beef mixture into slow cooker. Stir in bell pepper, pizza sauce, pepperoni, basil and oregano.
  • 3 Cover; cook on Low setting 4 to 6 hours.
  • 4 To assemble sandwiches, spoon about 1/3 cup beef mixture onto bottom halves of buns. Top each with scant 2 tablespoons cheese. Cover with top halves of buns.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

For mini sandwiches that are more appropriate for appetizers, serve the meat mixture and cheese on dollar buns.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
320
(
Calories from Fat
145),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16g
16%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
630mg
630%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
18g
18%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
16%;
Iron
14%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.