Sloppy Joes from Harmony Sunflowers 4-H Club

  • Yield: 20 servings

"I made up this recipe in the 1960s during my 10 years as a 4-H leader. My son recently spoke with a 4-H agent who still carries my recipe in his wallet!"


4pounds ground beef
1medium onion, chopped
1ounce chili powder
4cups ketchup
12ounces tomato juice
1 sleeve (1/4 pound) saltine crackers, crumbled


  1. Brown ground beef and onion in a large pot. Drain excess grease.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer until thick. If sauce is too thick, add 1/2-cup tomato juice or water.
  3. Makes enough to serve on 20 hamburger buns.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen:
This recipe is easy to double or triple for large gatherings, and it freezes well.


Vi Swisher, Piedmont, Kan.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 3
  • Calories 200
  • Fat 6g
  • Saturated Fat 2.5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 55mg
  • Sodium 680mg
  • Potassium 550mg
  • Carbohydrate 18g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 12g
  • Protein 20g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 20%
  • Vitamin C 20%
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 15%