By Carl Hanson

You know Joe. He's the saucy hero of so many quick-and-easy weeknight meals. But now, Joe's stepping out -- and stepping up. These recipes take the spicy tomato-sauce and ground-beef concept and blow it out. It's Joe, only moreso.

1. Chef John's Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

"For me this checks all the boxes for a hot party dip," says Chef John. "It's relatively cheap and easy to make, but maybe more importantly, it's great hot, warm, or room temp. And it's also incredibly versatile."

Photo by Chef John

2. Sloppy Joe Casserole

Here are the Sloppy Joe ingredients you love, now combined into a comforting pasta casserole with Colby-Jack cheese.

Photo by Rock_lobster

3. Polish Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Józef? Sauerkraut gets it done here. And for even more Polish flare, Barbara K adds crumbled Polish sausage. "I also added about a half cup sour cream at the end," she says. "And that gave it a great taste as well as the saucy texture of a regular Sloppy Joe."

Photo by Joey Joan

4. Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Tempeh stands in for traditional ground beef here.

Photo by CCloves2Bake

5. Sloppy Joe Pockets

Sloppy Joe gets the turnover treatment. "Oh my. goodness, I am addicted!" says Sydney. "So delicious, and so simple!"

Photo by mniemi

6. Baked Sloppy Joe Egg Rolls

Joe forgoes the bun and jumps into egg roll wrappers.

Photo by Meredith

7. Mom's Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

"With an overabundance of green peppers from my garden and two picky eaters who LOVE Sloppy Joes," says WorkingMom, "I came up with this family favorite that also incorporates more vegetables into their mealtime!"

8. Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese

Yes! Two classic comfort foods in one.

Photo by Meredith

9. Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes

"I am a huge fan of Buffalo Chicken Dip and wanted this dish to be similar," says Jason Ponticelli. "Guaranteed to be an instant comfort food favorite. You'll be dreaming about this dish."

Photo by wasabee

10. Sloppy Jo-Chos

Nachos get the Joe treatment here.

Photo by Christina

11. Sloppy Tots

You know the drill. It's Tater Tots topped with Sloppy Joe meat sauce and Cheddar cheese.

12. Sloppy Bulgogi

This saucy mashup combines the tangy American classic with spicy Korean bulgogi flavors, featuring Sriracha, garlic puree, ginger paste, soy sauce, and ginger paste.

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

Check out our complete collection of Sloppy Joe Recipes.