14 Inventive Sloppy Joe Makeovers
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 Sloppy Joe recipes take the spicy tomato-sauce and ground-beef on a bun concept and blow it out in all kinds of variations. It's still Sloppy Joe, only more so. More: Why is it called a Sloppy Joe?
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."
Sloppy Joe Casserole
Here are the Sloppy Joe ingredients you love, now combined into a comforting pasta casserole with Colby-Jack cheese.
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."
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
Tempeh stands in for traditional ground beef here. Just be sure to use vegetarian Worcestershire sauce. "Fantastic recipe! Even my carnivore husband loves it. I like to substitute extra firm tofu for the tempeh and use a full can of tomato sauce," says Johnny's Girl.
Andie's Quick 'n Easy Sneaky Sloppy Joes
What's so sneaky? Lentils slide into the mix without anyone being the wiser. It's a smart way to stretch a pound of ground beef.
Baked Sloppy Joe Egg Rolls
Joe forgoes the bun and jumps into egg roll wrappers. Chickspicks says, "This is good for my husband's lunches and something my 12-year-old can eat without much hassle. My family loves these. They are quick and easy to make for lunches on busy days."
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."
Nachos get the Joe treatment here. "These were soooo awesomely delicious!" says Christina. "I made my own cheese sauce and just for some extra color and goodness, I added a little shredded cheddar, and chopped red onion and tomatoes. The family RAVED over these, and asked for me to make them again, soon."
You know the drill. It's Tater Tots topped with Sloppy Joe meat sauce and Cheddar cheese.
This saucy mashup combines the tangy American classic with spicy Korean bulgogi flavors, featuring Sriracha, garlic puree, ginger paste, soy sauce, and ginger paste.
Grilled Cheese Sloppy Joes
Quick Sloppy Joe Stew
Turn Sloppy Joes into a quick stew with ground beef, sloppy joe sauce, cubed potatoes, and Mexicorn for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
Sloppy Joe Fries
The name says it all, right? But then AmiKhamis says, ""I made this recipe for my picky eaters and they loved it."
Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese
Yes! Two classic comfort foods in one. "This was a simple and fun recipe that is so kid friendly; absolutely perfect for all you moms out there with little ones. Paired with a salad, even the adults will have nothing to squawk about," says Linda McLean