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Char’s Summertime Joes


For hot summer hard working days, it’s Summertime Joes for lunch. You may eat it and wonder what all the hype is about, but for our family, it’s a special food memory I want to share with you all.



1 lb ground beef

1 onion, diced

Chopped red or green pepper and/or grated carrot and/or diced celery (optional, this is your chance to throw in a few extra veggies for good measure if you’d like)

1 tin tomato soup

1 tin pork and beans

1 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp yellow mustard

Salt and pepper to taste


Sauté ground beef and veggies until no red remains in meat. Drain, if there’s lots of liquid. Add rest of ingredients and stir to combine. Simmer for 30 minutes or so to really allow all those gourmet flavours to develop! If you’re going to use a lot of veggies, it’s a good idea to sauté them separately so they’re nice and soft. There’s nothing worse than trying to sneak a bunch of veggies into a meal when the kids aren’t expecting them and then having them be too crunchy.

Serve over hamburger buns (I prefer mine toasted) or on top of Lepp’s Bakehouse’s Sourdough Bread and top with grated cheese and red chili flakes if you like it spicy.