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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 Summary

4 hrs 15 mins
4 hrs 35 mins
20 mins
6 quarts


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

Cook'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.

Nutrition Facts

305 calories; protein 20.7g; carbohydrates 20g; fat 15.1g; cholesterol 68.9mg; sodium 953.1mg. Full Nutrition