Whether it’s a succulent pot roast, cheesy casserole, or warming, savory stew, we love Sunday supper. It’s a dinner party without the formality, where family and friends gather for easy conversation and good food – lots of it!

 

Slow-cooker Sloppy Joes; Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

At Southern Living, there’s one thing we love about the Super Bowl even more than football – the food. In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, we’ve chosen an instant crowd-pleaser, the sloppy Joe. Inexpensive and simple to make, the sloppy Joe is perfect for Super Bowl noshing.

So, who exactly was Joe? Was he sloppy? A solid explanation for this finger-licking sandwich unfortunately doesn’t exist, but there are several possible explanations. Most likely, Sloppy Joes came from loose-meat sandwiches popular in the Midwest during the 1920s (and still today - Iowa-based restaurant Maid-Rite's loose-meat sandwiches have a huge following). Essentially, the loose-meat sandwich is a steamed hamburger, with crumbles of ground beef instead of a tightly packed patty. Legend has it that around the 1940s, a restaurant in Sioux City, Iowa, added tomato sauce and seasonings to its loose-meat sandwich and named it after one of their cooks, Joe.

Today, the sloppy Joe is both a go-to weeknight meal and party-favorite, loved by kids and adults alike. We’ve chosen our best sloppy Joe recipes to make your Super Bowl party memorable and fuss-free. So, grab a cold beer and spend time with your family and friends, whether you’re watching the actual game or just paying attention to the commercials.

Slow-cooker Sloppy Joes

Richard's Sloppy Joes

Sloppy José Sandwiches with Cilantro Slaw

Need more ideas? Check out our Bowl Game Party Playbook for Super Bowl snacks, dips, sweets and drinks.