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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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • To serve, spoon onto hamburger buns like a sloppy Joe.

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Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

367.2 calories; 25 g protein; 26.8 g carbohydrates; 74.7 mg cholesterol; 748.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2008
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2008
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! Read More
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55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2008
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2008
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. Read More
(70)
Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2005
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2011
For those who have brought up it in the revies that this doesn't come close to a "real" maidrite...if you read in my description it wasn't billed as being "authentic" but my OWN version. Just to clear up any confusion you might have. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/23/2006
I'm sorry- but I live in Iowa and these are not like the maid rites I know. Still it was a good loose meat sandwich- but not the maid rite flavor I was expecting. My mom is a manager at a maid rite and I asked her if this was even close- and it isn't although she wouldn't tell me anymore than that. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2006
These were really great. I wasn't clear on adding water or not to the recipe if I used a slow cooker? I did and they had too much liquid. Does anyone know about this? They were even better the second time around because four pounds of meat is quite alot for a small family and the liquid absorbed. Adding salt if your diet allows it also made it tastier. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2006
This was wonderful! I grew up in Iowa and remember Maidrites well. I used one can only of French onion soup and added 1/2 cup water. My boyfriend & a friend ate almost all of it I was lucky I got one sandwich but it was perfect. Very easy and tastes great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2006
I have never had an Iowa Maid-Rites... so I cannot compare them to that. However THIS sandwich was extremely tasty. I am single so I made it as is and then I am about to freeze it. Later with a little diced tomato and chiles a great little nacho plate. I love it! GREAT JOB! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2005
Thanks for this recipe! I added a little garlic powder when browning the beef. GREAT recipe. I am from Iowa and know what a maid rite is. This was soooo good. Thanks again Read More
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