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, 0 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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peanutsnona76 User ID: 8027573 239134
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."

KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 235737
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!"

JumpRiverGem User ID: 1462419 17142
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

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

Allspice_Mo User ID: 760690 37739
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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