Recipe By Mr Belvidere
Published Mar 5th
Sloppy Joes for a Crowd
Prep 20m Cook 4h 15m Additional - Ready In 4h 35m
Servings 6 quarts Calories 305.4

This is a simple and easy recipe for making Sloppy Joes for 24 or more people. Yes, I know, what kind of good Sloppy Joe recipe uses Manwich®? In this case it’s used as a base (like ketchup) to make a really tasty dish. I used the best ideas of several Sloppy Joe recipes on the Allrecipes website, added my own twist, and expanded it for a crowd.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 pounds ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 (26.5 ounce) cans Sloppy Joe sauce (such as Manwich®)
  • 5 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ⅓ teaspoon ground cloves

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/3 of the beef, 1/2 cup onion, and 1 clove garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a slow cooker. Repeat twice more with remaining oil, beef, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  2. 2 Add Sloppy Joe sauce, celery, green pepper, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and cloves to the slow cooker. Cook on Low for at least 4 hours, adjusting seasoning to taste.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 305.4
  • Carbohydrate 20 g
  • Cholesterol 68.9 mg
  • Fat 15.1 g
  • Fiber 0.5 g
  • Protein 20.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.5 g
  • Sodium 953.1 mg
  • Sugar 16.2 g

Chef's Notes

Sloppy Joes are like chili. There are many variations as to personal taste. You may want to add more or less brown sugar, clove, or vinegar to get the flavor you like. Warning! Do not add ketchup! The Manwich(R) is very ketchupy to start; This recipe just fits in a 6-quart slow cooker. It can be doubled for a crowd of 48 but you will need 2 slow cookers or an 18-quart NESCO(R) Roaster to hold it.


  1. I scaled this for 1 pound and used ground turkey. I left out the cloves because it’s such a negligible amount when you scale this down. I’d also leave out celery next time, but that’s just a personal preference. Good for a quick weeknight meal!
  2. yum yum.. good dinner. Made some homemade buns and really enjoyed this. I am going to try this on baked potatoes as well. Next time, I'm going to add some red pepper flakes
  3. I would add extra seasoning to this dish for extra flavors. It is a great recipe for a crowd!
  4. I made this recipe when I needed to feed a lot of people at a family reunion. It is also a budget friendly meal! I omitted the green peppers and served it with sliced dill pickles and homemade coleslaw! It was a hit with the family!