Cheryl Butchko 1

"This is my Mom's recipe and she's the best cook in the world. This is a family favorite and freezes well too!"

Ingredients 1 h 15 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 352 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 352 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 20.6 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.7g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 21.1 g
  • 42%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 1178 mg
  • 47%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the celery, onion, green bell pepper, and garlic. Cook and stir until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef, increase the heat to medium-high, and stir until crumbly and browned, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the ketchup, chili sauce, water, parsley, vinegar, brown sugar, salt, pepper, mustard powder, chili powder, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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  1. 7 Ratings

Suzan Kenyon

I'm not sure, but I think you have to be from pennsylvania to know what a Whimpie is!! Not unlike a Sloppy Joe a whimpie has a bit more veggies and a nice homemade sauce. I had to deviate a bit when I discovered a lack of ketchup, but not to worry, tomato paste, a little more brown sugar and seasonings and I was all set.


The pot is still on the stove and I'm already a 5 year old back in Scranton. Just the smell takes me back 60 years. This recipe is about as authentic, back in the day, Moms home cookin' as I've ever tasted!(Confirmed by in process tastings, eaten almost 1/3 already) To TOONIES, thanks for the recipe and the memories!! If you're from anywhere from Scranton through the "Rust Belt", make this tonight!


This had a wonderful flavor! I like that it has all the veggies in it also. I thought it would be thicker in consistency; used a slotted spoon. The recipe does not specify to drain the grease off the meat before adding the rest of the ingredients, but I would suggest it.