Swampy Joes

Swampy Joes

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  • 1 large sweet Vidalia onion, diced
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef chuck
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can tomato puree 14.5 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 4 hamburger rolls


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef, breaking apart pieces with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add sweet Vidalia onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add pureed tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, Worcestershire and 1 1/2 cups water.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Add chopped spinach just before serving and divide evenly among the buns.

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