Iowa Maid-Rites

Iowa Maid-Rites

38 Reviews 3 Pics
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    2 h
  • Ready In

    2 h 30 m
Janet Stanislav Hein
Recipe by  Janet Stanislav Hein

“I came up with my own version of Iowa MaidRites which also are called 'loose meat' sandwiches. Very versatile, leftover beef can be used for spaghetti or taco filling, or it can be frozen for later use.”

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Original recipe yields 15 servings



  1. Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until evenly browned, crumbling even more as it cooks. Drain off the grease. Stir in the onion soup mix and French onion soup. Cover, and simmer over low heat for about 2 hours, or you may transfer to a slow cooker for this part.
  2. To serve, spoon onto hamburger buns like a sloppy Joe.

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This is okay, but not the recipe for maid-rites. Cook 1 1/2# ground beef with 1 small onion chopped fine. Drain fat and then add seasoned salt, 1 chicken bouillon cube and about 1/4 cup water. Cook for at least 30 minutes over low heat, adding more water if needed. Then turn heat up the last few minutes to evaporate extra liquid. This will get you so much closer to the real thing!

Sande McAtee

Sande McAtee

Although it is a good maid rite recipe, it doesn't come close to the Maid Rites served here in my area. I am located in the Quad City area...famous for Maid Rites. Substitute the onion soup mix and french onion soup for chicken broth and add minced onion.



Growing up in Iowa and a big fan of the original Maid-Rite I have been searching long and hard for a recipe that would do them justice. My search is over this ios down home comfort food at it's finest. Try it you will not be disappointed.

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Amount Per Serving (15 total)

  • Calories
  • 367 cal
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 17 g
  • 26%
  • Carbs
  • 26.8 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 25 g
  • 50%
  • Cholesterol
  • 75 mg
  • 25%
  • Sodium
  • 748 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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