Sloppy Joes for Superbowl XLVI

Sadly, I won’t be watching the Super Bowl this year because I have work, but in case you still aren’t sure what to make to eat during the big game, try these!

Not everyone knows this, but football is more of a family thing for me than anything else.  You see, back in the day my grandpa, Poppy (who I mentioned in my last post), played (no pun intended!) a big role in the NFL.  He started out as the publicity director in 1961, became the league’s executive director in 1968, and president of the Jets in 1977. You could say he was one of the inventors of the super bowl, actually!  He even has his own chapter in the book The Making of the Super Bowl!  So in a way, this post is really for him.



On a note unrelated to the Super Bowl, I would also like to dedicate this post to my best friend, Megan- four years ago we celebrated Valentine’s day together and made sloppy joes for dinner (very romantic, right?!).



Anyway, back to food.  This recipe is adapted from one I found at Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.  It is pretty easy to make, and turned out really yummy.  My boyfriend who previously swore he didn’t like sloppy joe’s even enjoyed them!


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 onion , chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 8 slider hamburger buns or 4 regular sized hamburger buns
  • 1 avocado, sliced


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat heat oil until shimmering. Add onion and salt and stir until coated with oil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 10 minutes (if onion begins to burn after 5 minutes, reduce heat to low).
  2. Add garlic and chili powder and cook, uncovered, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chicken and cook, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until just cooked, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add pepper, brown sugar, tomato puree, ketchup, water, and hot sauce. Simmer until sauce is slightly thicker than ketchup, 8 to 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings.
  4. Top with avocado slices (or anything else that may sound good to you).
  5. Serve



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