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Sloppy Joes Arab style?

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Years ago I was introduced to this recipe. I have no idea if it is a real Middle Eastern recipe or just something that was thrown together in my mother in laws house on a busy day. As soon as I tried it I was reminded of Sloppy Joes! I made it here and there throughout the years adding my own (sugar and tomato paste) American touch. Of course they did not eat this on a bun but with Arabic bread. So, here is my version of this easy and hearty dish!

Ingredients

1 pound  ground beef

1 onion chopped

1 green bell pepper chopped

7 roma tomatoes– approximately 4 cups chopped tomatoes

1 tsp. salt or to taste

pinch of pepper or to taste

1 Tbs. sugar

1 – 6 ounce can tomato paste

1 cup water

Directions

Fry ground beef until well done, when beef is completely cooked, add onions,

peppers, tomatoes, salt and pepper.

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Cover and let this cook until the vegetables are soft and tomatoes have broken down, do not rush this step. Add tomato paste and water, mix well.  I let this simmer, lightly bubbling, (stirring several times) for 30 minutes (approximately) to get the flavors mixed in well. In the last 5 minutes of cooking add the sugar and then season to taste. Serve on a bun.

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