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Sloppy Joes for a Crowd

Sloppy Joes don't usually have kidney beans in the recipe but we like them and they stretch the meat and the nutrition further.  This will make enough to serve 25 adults. 
  •  2.6 kg or about 6 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 large onions diced
  • 2 cups of diced celery
  • 3 large green peppers
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 - 398 ml  (14 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Worchestire sauce
  • 2 tbsp. hot chili sauce
  • 5 - 398 ml. (14 oz) kidney beans
  • 1 can water
  • 1 cup instant mashed potatoes
  1. In a large stock pot, scramble fry the ground beef.  I find using a stiff egg lifter and chopping it works well. Drain fat.
  2. Add the vegetables and continue to fry until the veggies are tender.
  3. Add the seasonings and sauces and bring to a simmer. 
  4. Add the kidney beans and water. 
  5. Simmer for an hour, stirring often.
  6. Add the instant mashed potatoes in the last 10 minutes of the simmer as needed to thicken the sauce.
  7. Serve with fresh sliced rolls and offer grated cheddar as an option to sprinkle over the sloppy joes..


  1. Your sloppy joe recipe sounds wonderful (like the idea of using mashed potato to thicken the sauce!). Yum!

  2. Yum. I haven't eaten this for years. I'm going to this week! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love the photo - look so yummy! Why do some people call them sloppy joes and others call it chili?

  4. Very helpful recipe for church groups and large crowds over to feed! Thanks!

  5. We really like beans in our sloppy joes ( also use a lot of grated carrot).

  6. Just curious as I've never really used instant mashed you use the prepared potatoes or the flakes?


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