A slopper with fries

A slopper is a cheeseburger (or hamburger) served smothered in red chile or green chile or chili sauce. Sloppers generally include grilled buns and are often topped with freshly chopped onions and sometimes french fries.[1] They are typically eaten with a fork and a knife or spoon. The slopper is served in restaurants and taverns in the Pueblo and Colorado Springs area of Colorado. Versions of the slopper are also served throughout the rest of Colorado and parts of the United States.[1]


One writer determined that the slopper originated in Pueblo, Colorado in the early to mid-1970s.[2] The first restaurant to serve the slopper is undetermined. Some claim that it was first served in Coors Tavern,[2][3] while others insist that it originated at Star Bar.[2] According to a version of the origin story by Gray's Coors Tavern's, the slopper originated there in the 1950s.[4][3] According to the story, the name slopper was derived from a comment by a customer stating that the dish looked like slop.[4] The website attributes the creation of the slopper to brothers Johnnie and Joe Greco, who had previously owned the tavern.

Another story has it that the "slopper" was invented by the late Herb Casebeer, owner of Herb's Sports shop who was a "regular" patron of Coors tavern back in the late 1950s to early 1960s.[5] He got tired of having a plain ole Hamburger every day and asked Joe Greco to put a plain cheeseburger in a bowl and smother it with Green Chile sauce topped with a handful of oyster crackers. Casebeer would entertain The "Chief", Harry Simmons, hall of fame basketball coach to sell him sports equipment over many a lunch & Schooner of Coors Beer back in the day. Simmons touted Casebeer's creation as a Pueblo delicacy over the years.

Sloppers were featured in a Travel Channel television show Food Wars episode "Pueblo -- The Slopper" (2010). The show interviewed persons involved in restaurants which serve sloppers, as well as Juan Espinosa, a former editor of the Pueblo Chieftain. Espinosa discussed the slopper's origin, attributing it to the Greco brothers who owned Johnnie's Coors Tavern from 1935 until 1983 when it was sold to the Gray family. Espinosa said that a customer of Johnnie' Coors Tavern named Herb Casebeer was dissatisfied with the amount of chili on his chiliburger, and to quell Herb, his burger was covered in chili (probably intended as an exaggerated and exasperated maneuver), and it became a delighted new serving suggestion.[6]

It is worth noting that John Greco had a son named Joe, his brother Joe Greco had a son named John. The younger John Greco moved to Hawaii many years ago and opened a tavern called "Bubbas Burgers" whose menu still features the Pueblo "Slopper".

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  1. ^ a b "What is the Colorado slopper burger, and where to get one?". FOX31 Denver. 18 September 2023. Retrieved 20 September 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Navarro, Linda. "Try legendary slopper dish" Archived 17 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The (Colorado Springs) Gazette. 19 August 2005. FindArticles.com. accessed 12 September 2007.
  3. ^ a b "The History of the Pueblo Slopper: it's messy". FOX21 News Colorado. 17 December 2022. Retrieved 20 September 2023.
  4. ^ a b Google cache of http://www.grasycoorstavern.com 12 September 2007.
  5. ^ Cleveland, Claire (2 December 2019). "You Tell Us: What Is The Most Colorado Food?". Colorado Public Radio. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Pueblo -- The Slopper", Food Wars, Travel Channel, 2010.