Great for big gatherings.

“Taverns” is what people call these sandwiches in the part of Iowa where I grew up.  It’s not the same as sloppy joes at all, but it does have a light but hearty flavor that can almost be addictive.  Hardly anybody can eat just one of these.  They’re especially good on those little dollar sized buns with a dill pickle and potatoes chips on the side.  Once it’s all cooked, it can be poured into a crockpot and it stays good for hours and hours.  This is a perfect dish to take for those pot luck dinners or a hot little sandwich for those parties when you’re only serving finger food.  I have never had this anywhere else but Iowa or when I make it myself.


  1. 1 large onion chopped
  2. 2 Tablespoons of Chili Powder
  3. 2 cups of water
  4. 1/2 c. ketchup

Boil these ingredients in a 3 qt pan for 10 minutes.  Then Add:

  1. 2 pounds of hamburger, lean and crumbled
  2. 1 tsp dry mustard
  3. salt and pepper to taste.

Simmer for about 30 minutes.  Then Add:

3/4 c. of Minute Oatmeal.  Simmer until mixture thickens, or you can transfer it to a crock pot at this time.  Serve it on hamburger buns.  Garnish with a dill pickle.

Taverns are something that goes well with beer, but I don’t think I’ve every tried a wine with them.  They’re more of a Super Bowl party kind of thing or a camping thing where outlets are available to plug in crock pots.  They are also really good when they are put in the buns, wrapped in paper and then set for a while.  They are not as rich and tomato-y as sloppy joes nor as bland as NuWays.  They just sort of have their own unique flavor.

Please keep checking back at my website for more easy recipes that are old fashioned, from scratch and even a little healthier than the mixes and cans and boxed stuff.

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