Church Supper Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Church Supper Sloppy Joes Recipe

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My family loves these sloppy joes. I would make them back when I worked in a school lunchroom and heard nothing but compliments.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:50 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 50 servings


  • 7 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 6 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Hamburger buns

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 125 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, trace fiber), 13g protein


  1. In a several large skillets, cook the beef, onion and celery until beef is no longer pink; drain. Add the brown sugar, tomato sauce, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir in cheese; cook until cheese is melted. Serve on buns. Yield: 50 servings.
Editor's Note: Recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen in batches when serving a crowd.
Originally published as Church Supper Sloppy Joes in Reminisce January/February 1992, p37

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Reviewed Dec. 10, 2015

"Great recipe. The solution to finding a 4-serving recipe is to look elsewhere if you you don't want to do the the math. There are tons at many sites."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"This sounds delicious, but I'll have to 'eye-ball' all of the ingredients in order to make less. The only thing which I'll do differently is to add in some finely diced green bell pepper. YUM!"

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"I have made this recipe more than once. It's delicious and a large crowd pleaser."

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2009

"This sounds good but I can only use a serving for 4 at most. Seems a lot of trouble to figure out 4 servings instead of 50. Any solution???"

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