Church Supper Sloppy Joes

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.


50 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
My family loves these sloppy joes. I would make them back when I worked in a school lunchroom and heard nothing but compliments.


  • 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


  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.
Editor's Note: Recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen in batches. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a saucepan; heat through.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 125 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 13g protein.