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Sloppy Joes for 100

I use this recipe at a church dinner every year, and we always sell out. It's a delicious main dish for any gathering.—Linda Cailteux, Clifton, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    100 servings (12 quarts)


  • 20 pounds ground beef
  • 4 large onions, chopped
  • 4 large green peppers, chopped
  • 4 cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 4 cups ketchup
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 4 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 6 to 8 cups water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 100 hamburger buns


  • In a large Dutch oven, brown the beef, onions, peppers and celery in batches until meat is browned. Remove with a slotted spoon to a large roaster; add the next 8 ingredients. Cover and simmer for 3-4 hours. Serve on buns.

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  • Becky
    Sep 15, 2019

    I made the recipe exactly as stated, figuring the sauces and Worcestershire sauce would be enough salt since all the reviews were raving. I should have tasted it! The recipe really needs salt and pepper. It tasted so much better after I added a couple tablespoons of salt. Solid base recipe, but I think I’ll stick with the one I already use.

  • Rekamemoh
    Sep 21, 2013

    I know this serves 100--but how much is a serving?

  • Menocook
    Oct 19, 2011

    I have made this recipe twice for my church only I have to cut the recipe in half. Everyone loves it and has even asked for the Recipe.

  • hdr
    Dec 8, 2009

    EXCELLENT!! I used this recipe at work and now I use it at home, too.

  • WendyMM
    Jun 22, 2009

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