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loose meat sandwiches

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a recipe by
Irisa Raina 9
New Iberia, LA

Serve on toasted buns with zesty bread & butter pickles and chips. I have been making these loose meat sandwiches since the 70s, tweaking them here and there. This is how I make them now….when I take them to pot luck parties ….they are all gone!

★★★★★ 1
serves 10 to 12 easily
prep time 25 Min
cook time 1 Hr 45 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For loose meat sandwiches

  • 4
    10 ¾ ounce cans chicken gumbo soup
  • 3 lb
    ground chuck 80/20
  • 1 md
    onion cut into small pieces
  • 1 c
  • 1
    12 ounce can seagram’s ginger ale
  • 1
    square mexican chocolate
  • 2 Tbsp
    French’s spicy brown mustard
  • 2 Tbsp
    sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tsp
    turbinado sugar “divided “
  • 1 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • toasted hamburger buns

How To Make loose meat sandwiches

  • 1
    Chop the onion and caramelize with 1 teaspoon of the sugar, oil and butter.
  • 2
    Remove the onions once they have caramelized “ do not drain any of the grease off at this point, because all that buttery onion flavor will add to the dish, and in the same pan cook the chuck till it is done and slightly browned.
  • 3
    If you notice all the meat has not cooked into small pieces let it cool, then break them up with your fingers.
  • 4
    While the chuck is cooking, put the ginger ale and the Mexican chocolate in a small pan and simmer the mixture till the chocolate has dissolved.
  • 5
    Drain the meat from any grease that is in the pan.
  • 6
    Add the meat back to the pan.
  • 7
    Put the onions back in the pan and add the soup, catchup, mustard, 1 teaspoon sugar, salt & pepper, stir well.
  • 8
    Add the ginger ale mixture to the pot.
  • 9
    When you empty the soup put about ¼ cup of water in one can, swish it around and keep pouring this from one can to the next till you have done this to all 4 cans, pour this in the pan.
  • 10
    Add the last 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  • 11
    Cook this on low till all the flavors have come together and most of the liquid has cooked away. This will take about 1 to 1 & ½ hours. Stir this occasionally….
  • 12
    Serve on toasted buns with zesty bread & butter pickles and chips.