Pueblo’s most well-known contribution to Colorado cuisine is the slopper, an open-faced cheeseburger smothered with green chile. The item’s so popular that owners/cousins Baron Beller and Zach Gray launched a food truck in April. Gray’s Sloppers (Pueblo, facebook.com/grayssloppers
) is an offshoot of the Steel City’s 80-year-old legacy spot, Gray’s Coors Tavern, run by Zach’s father, Don. The truck uses the same recipes. While the slopper’s a Pueblo standard, a Coors Tavern employee admits the chile’s made with New Mexico-grown Hatch peppers. It’s a funny world.
We order a slopper ($9) with fries ($2), and surprisingly, the grilled bun halves hold up, even submerged in chile. Our two patties do fine, bearing grill char enough to cut through the cheese, spicy chile and white onion. The chile’s pleasantly thick, with tomato and garlic leading the flavor. It’s satisfying, especially after we give up on eating the limp but properly salted shoestring fries alone and dump ‘em in.