Written by Diane Karr @ Common Ground

I remember supper with my aunt and uncle in Iowa when they served Sloppy Joe’s.  As a kid, I was totally confused.

I was raised to call them Yum Yum’s.  Maybe it’s a Nebraska thing?  Don’t even get me started on RunzasDiane Karr….

At any rate, Yum Yum’s are super easy to make, and are a good go-to meal during busy times of the year.  Right now, planting intersects with baseball, soccer, and track season – which means that we don’t always get to sit down together for our evening meal.  Yum Yum’s can be kept warm in the crock pot, so everyone can have a warm meal even if it’s not at the same time.

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Besides using high-quality Nebraska ground beef in my Yum Yum’s, I served this kid sized portion with with a whole wheat bun, carrot sticks, and apples.  Good – and good for you!

The best part of Yum Yum’s is the versatility!  I keep the recipe tame for youngsters who don’t like spicy food, and kick it up a notch for truckers during harvest season by adding a can or two of chopped green chilies, a little red pepper sauce, and larger proportions of onion, garlic, and pepper.  Another variation: serve over tortilla chips and add toppings for a Sloppy Nacho.  Plus, ingredient substitutions always work well – I’ve never had a bad batch of Yum Yum’s.  My recipe for Yum Yum’s is a thrown together combo of what my mom used to make and what I’ve seen in cookbooks.

Sometimes something easy and basic makes everybody happy!  Here’s the How-To:

 

Yum Yum’s

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds of ground beef
1/4 tsp coarse black pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 can chicken gumbo soup
1 cup ketchup or 1 can tomato sauce
1/2 tablespoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Optional:
1 can chopped green chilies
1-2 drops red pepper sauce


Directions

1.  Add your (defrosted) ground beef to a skillet on medium heat.  I’m using 1-1/2 pounds.  Continue to stir and move it around in the skillet so it can brown evenly.  I’ll take my steak medium rare – but we don’t want to see any pink in the ground beef!  While you’re doing this, grind some fresh pepper over the meat to taste.

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2. Add a few dried onion flakes.  This is about a 1/2 tablespoon.  Or, add finely chopped fresh onion.  I’d start with 1/4 cup, and increase from there depending on your love of onions.  Today, I’m in a hurry.  Onion flakes it is.  When the beef is browned, drain off the grease.

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3. Surprise!  Add a can of chicken gumbo soup.  If you need to stretch the recipe, add another can.

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4. Add a cup of ketchup.  Or a can of tomato sauce.  You can’t go wrong.

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5. Mustard loves ketchup.  Add 1/2 Tablespoon.

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6. Add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt.  Or more, if you’re kicking it up.

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7. I like a teaspoon or two of Worcestershire sauce.  Throttle the heat down to medium low.  Simmer for a few minutes until everything is heated through.

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8. If you think your Yum Yums need more pizzazz at this point, add a small can (or two) of diced green chilies, more black pepper, and a couple drops of red pepper sauce.If you want them thicker, cook a little longer.  If you want them saucier, add a tablespoon of water at a time or add more ketchup or tomato sauce.See?  Told you it was easy!

9. Feel free to accessorize with…. I don’t know what this is.  A blooming carrot?  My kids like to dip their carrots in peanut butter…  And I’m ok with that!

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10. Serve over whole wheat buns.  Then, smile for the camera and tell Mom how much you like your Yum Yums.  Or make a funny face.

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11. Alternatively, for Sloppy Nachos, serve over tortilla chips and top with shredded cheese and jalapenos.

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Diane Karr

Diane Karr lives on a family farm in south central Nebraska with her husband and four sons. Besides chasing after her busy boys and the farm, she volunteers as a church organist. Diane graduated from UNL in 1996 as an agribusiness major, shares stories about farm life at RealFarmWifeOnTheCountyLine.com, and is a volunteer for CommonGround Nebraska. She also enjoys Husker football, hazelnut lattes, cooking and baking, boating, photography, and spending time with family and friends.