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Easy Sloppy Joe Bread Bowls

Sloppy Joe bread bowls are great for a football appetizer or any other party you’re having! Easy to make and delicious! Everyone will be talking about them at your Super Bowl party.

sloppy joe bread bowls

Are you ready for the Big Game, or for friends to just come over and hang out? Here is a fun appetizer that is sure to be a hit at your football party. You just need 4 things to make these easy sloppy joe bread bowls. (originally published 2/16, affiliate links present)

Sloppy Joe Appetizers

  • We love a get together with friends, and sometimes watching the game is a good excuse to invite people over!

I’m all about one stop shopping. Believe me when I say that all the ingredients to this football appetizer are easy to find at Walmart.

When you first walk in the fresh bakery department should be right there. If you’ve never bought anything there you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the selection and just how FRESH their stuff is.

I found these wheat Bolillios that were perfectly shaped like footballs (lucky duck I know. Grabbed 1 lb. of ground beef, found the Manwich I would need for the sloppy joes and of course the sour cream is by the yogurt.

  • If you want to make homemade easy sloppy joes we have a recipe for sloppy joes without Manwich here.
Sloppy Joe bread bowls

Super Bowl Appetizer

When you get home you’ll want to start your sloppy joes….this part is easy. Just brown your ground beef and then add your can of Manwich.

Now turn it to low and allow it to simmer at least 20 minutes so it develops that really rich yummy flavor!

If you are having a party just throw it into a slow cooker on low and it can literally stay warm in there for hours. And it just gets better and better over time.

sloppy joe bread bowl appetizer

Now take your rolls and cut the shape of a football into the top and pull that piece out.

You can serve these as just one of your many football party food items!

I have made these as appetizers for occasions other than a football party. I will show you below what those look like too, they’re one of our faves!

Football appetizer

Sloppy Joe bread bowls

Now once your MANWICH sloppy joe mix has simmered for a while fill the inside of your mini bread bowls. Then get your sour cream ready. Here’s my “hack”!

I am cheap (um, I mean frugal) so I just pick up some pint size freezer bags. Use these for piping the sour cream on your sloppy joe bread bowls!

  • Literally it is so easy to fill and snip a small hole in the corner in order to make the football lace pattern.

You can also use the same mixture to make other things so you have a variety to choose from, but same ingredients. Alongside these a batch of Jiffy cornbread sloppy joe casserole goes over really well and is super popular too.

homemade sloppy joes

It is fun to have a few ready and waiting when guests come over. These mini sloppy joe bread bowls are usually the hit of the party because they’re just so cute.

Like I said, keep the remaining batch in your crockpot so people can serve themselves.

Keep the rolls in a basket or warm in the oven until people are ready to make more.

If you’re having a get together that’s not football related just pick up some white rolls at Walmart. Hollow out the middle, and serve them with these little appetizer forks (found by the toothpicks). 😉

Sloppy joes

Are you having a get together for the Big Game??

What are a few appetizers you love to serve? If you’re looking for a great dip try my cheesy chili dip but beware…’s addicting!

sloppy joe bread bowls

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Sloppy Joe Bread Bowls

Easy sloppy joe bread bowls for a Super Bowl appetizer are so fun. Flavorful ground beef tomato recipe that is simple to make and served like footballs.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, bread bowls, sloppy joes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 164kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Put meat into pan on your stovetop with a bit of olive oil, onions and bell peppers. Once browned add can of Manwich.
  • Turn to a very low simmer and allow to cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes to allow flavors to deepen.
  • Turn off. Hollow out top and middle of small bread bowls. Fill with sloppy joe mixture and top with cheese or dollop of sour cream.
Nutrition Facts
Sloppy Joe Bread Bowls
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 317mg14%
Potassium 370mg11%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 696IU14%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Saturday 30th of January 2016

These are the cutest things ever. Thank you for sharing!


Wednesday 27th of January 2016

oh those are so so cute! I love this idea. The football shapes are perfect!

The Typical Mom

Friday 29th of January 2016

Thank you!

Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

Very cleaver little football sandwiches.

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