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Church Supper Sloppy Joes

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


  • 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 shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Hamburger buns


  • 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.
Editor's Note: Recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen in batches when serving a crowd.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 125 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 13g protein.

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  • JJND
    Feb 4, 2018

    I am a novice at making Sloppy Joes, let alone for a crowd. I didn't think 7 lbs of hamburger would feed 50. I adjusted this recipe to use 10 lbs of hamburger. We went through 50 buns and had about 1 cup of filling left.

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 2, 2017

    These sloppy joes make enough for everyone!! These are sooo good!!

  • Jenna092
    Nov 13, 2016

    My husband and I love this recipe! Classic & delicious sloppy joes!

  • Tsaxman
    Nov 2, 2016

    THIS IS GREAT !!! I have made this recipe several times now and get rave reviews each time. I have it as it, increased the recipe and also halved it. Never an issue.

  • peanutsnona76
    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
    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!

  • sugarcrystal
    Mar 28, 2015

    No comment left

  • JumpRiverGem
    Aug 22, 2011

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

  • Allspice_Mo
    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???