Need a budget friendly meal for a big group? Make our Sloppy Joes for a Crowd! With only 5 ingredients, this savory sloppy joe recipe is a hit for our family get togethers and the leftovers are freezer friendly, too!
My aunt is the queen of entertaining for a crowd. (Remember these Crock Pot Apple Jelly Meatballs? Her recipe.) Whether it is for her ladies golf group, hosting a baby shower or just having her big extended family over for a meal, she has got feeding a crowd down to a science! So, when I was visiting her in Ohio this Summer and she whipped up a big batch of her sloppy joes, I knew I needed to share them with you!
Sloppy Joes for a Crowd
So this recipe starts with a whopping five pounds of ground beef. We are feeding a crowd after all! Make sure you have a large skillet or sauce pot so you have room to brown all of that meat. (This would be me speaking from experience.)
Also make sure you use a large enough skillet/pot to add 4 cans of various sauces and soups. (This would also be me speaking from experience.)
Moral of the story? Use a BIG pot. Because here is what you’ll end up with …
All that savory, saucy sloppy joe mixture just waiting to be spooned on top of soft bakery buns!
I actually like to toast the buns and eat my sloppy joes open faced – that way, there is more of that meaty sauce to enjoy!
Sloppy Joes for a Crowd
- 5 pounds ground beef
- 1 - 10 1/2 oz can cream of chicken soup
- 1 - 10 3/4 oz. can tomato soup
- 2 - 15 oz. cans sloppy joe sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
In a large skillet, brown ground beef.
Drain excess grease/liquid from pan.
Stir in cream of chicken soup, tomato soup, sloppy joe sauce and brown sugar.
Allow mixture to simmer until ready to serve or put in crock pot set to low/warm setting.
Want to take our Sloppy Joes for a Crowd outside of the bun?!
Make a Sloppy Joe Bar! Serve a big pot of this sloppy joe sauce with tortillas, baked potatoes and toasted garlic bread to allow guests to decide how they want to chow down!
Or try Sloppy Joe Muffin Pizzas! We loved customizing our own pizza creations that use meaty sloppy joe sauce as the pizza sauce!
Give these sloppy joes a Mexican twist and make Cheesy Sloppy Joe Enchiladas!
Leftovers? Allow the sloppy joes to cool slightly and spoon into freezer safe containers. To serve from frozen, thaw in the refrigerator and then heat mixture in a sauce pan.