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Sloppy Joe Dip

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This sloppy Joe dip is an even cheesier version of a sloppy Joe and the perfect game day dip to serve with chips and crusty bread.
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  1. Sloppy Joe Dip Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Sloppy Joe Dip Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This sloppy Joe dip is one of the most flavorful and best food mash-ups ever invented. All the saucy and meaty goodness of a sloppy Joe that has been turned into a hot dip, perfect for serving as an appetizer; how can you go wrong?

Our chili cheese dip and Rotel dip are two more hearty dips to share with friends.

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Sloppy Joe Dip Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 pound ground beef (I used an 80% to 20% blend)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup yellow onion, small diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, small diced
  • 1 (1.31-ounce) packet Sloppy Joe Seasoning (I used McCormick brand)
  • ½ cup low-sodium beef broth
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1¾ cup tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded Colby jack cheese
  • 1 fresh french baguette, sliced into ¼-inch pieces

PRO TIP:

I highly suggest buying a block of cheese and shredding it yourself. I find that it melts much better when you shred it yourself rather than buying pre-shredded cheese. 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BEEF: I used an 80% to 20% blend of ground beef, also known as ground chuck. You can use any ground beef of your choice in this recipe (ground sirloin, ground round, or even ground turkey). You will just want to make sure that if you are using the fatter choices, you drain off the majority of the excess grease after the meat has cooked through. If you choose leaner meat, you will not have as much fat left in the pan after cooking it. If no fat is left in the skillet, once you remove your cooked meat, you may want to add an additional 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan to cook the onions and peppers.

GROUND MEAT: This recipe would also work well with ground pork or Italian sausage instead of the ground beef. 

TOMATO: Plain tomato sauce can be used in place of the tomato puree in the recipe.

CHEESE: You can substitute shredded cheddar cheese for the Colby jack cheese in this recipe.

PEPPERS: Red bell peppers work well but if you don’t have any on hand, green bell peppers work just as well.

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How To Make This Sloppy Joe Dip Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 375°F. You will need an 8×8-inch oven-safe casserole dish.

PRO TIP:

If you have a casserole dish that comes with a lid, you could use that and then if you are taking this dip on the road, it would allow for easy transport.

STEP TWO: In a medium skillet, on medium-high heat, add the olive oil and ground beef. Cook beef for 5 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer the cooked ground beef to a paper towel-lined plate and drain any excess fat from the skillet. Make sure to leave 1 tablespoon of fat in the pan to sauté the vegetables.

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STEP THREE: Add the diced onion and red pepper to the same skillet that you cooked the ground beef in after the excess fat has been drained off. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

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STEP FOUR: To the vegetables, add the packet of sloppy Joe seasoning, beef broth, ketchup, tomato puree, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper. Stir mixture to combine.

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STEP FIVE: Add the cooked ground beef back to the skillet and simmer the mixture on medium heat for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat to the skillet.

STEP SIX: Stir in 1 cup of the shredded Colby jack cheese with the beef mixture. Transfer the sloppy Joe mixture to the 8×8 casserole dish. Add the remaining 1 cup of the shredded cheese on top of the meat mixture.

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STEP SEVEN: Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is hot and the dip is bubbly and hot.

PRO TIP:

If you are serving this for a crowd, you could transfer mixture to a slow cooker and keep it on the warm setting.

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How To Serve

Allow the sloppy Joe dip to rest for 5 minutes before serving with French baguette slices. You could also serve this dip with large corn chips, bagel chips, or tortilla chips.

This cheesy sloppy Joe dip would also be a fun and family friendly dinner idea. Serve with a salad, add the dip in a bowl in the middle of the table and everyone can have fun scooping away.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This easy sloppy Joe dip can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

IN THE FREEZER: If you have leftovers of this sloppy Joe cheese dip, you can freeze them in an airtight container for up to three months. I would recommend adding fresh cheese on top once thawed before enjoying it.

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The big game just got even better by adding this tasty dip. Sloppy Joe fans will love this new twist on a classic favorite. Add your favorite chips and bread, and get dipping!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this sloppy Joe chip dip in advance?

This cheesy dip could be assembled a day or two in advance and kept in the fridge until you are ready to bake it.

Could I cut this recipe in half?

You can easily cut this recipe in half if you are not planning to feed a larger group of people. You can also double the recipe if you are feeding a big crowd.

Can I use a different ground meat for this cheesy sloppy Joe dip recipe?

Ground pork, Italian sausage, or ground turkey would all work well in place of the ground beef in this recipe.

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Sloppy Joe Dip

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This sloppy Joe dip is an even cheesier version of a sloppy Joe and the perfect game day dip to serve with chips and crusty bread.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 14

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef, I used an 80% to 20% blend
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup yellow onion, small diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, small diced
  • 1.31 ounces Sloppy Joe Seasoning, I used McCormick brand
  • ½ cup low-sodium beef broth
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • cup tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded Colby jack cheese
  • 1 fresh french baguette, sliced into ¼-inch pieces

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. You will need an 8×8-inch oven-safe casserole dish.
  • In a medium skillet, on medium-high heat, add the olive oil and ground beef. Cook the meat for 5 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer the cooked ground beef to a paper towel-lined plate and drain any excess fat from the skillet. Make sure to leave 1 tablespoon of fat in the pan to saute the vegetables in.
  • Add the chopped onions and red bell pepper to the same skillet that you cooked the ground beef in after the excess fat has been drained off. Saute for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  • To the vegetables, add the packet of sloppy Joe seasoning, beef broth, ketchup, tomato puree, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Add the cooked ground beef back to the skillet and simmer the mixture on medium heat for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat to the skillet.
  • Stir in 1 cup of the shredded Colby jack cheese. Transfer the sloppy Joe dip mixture to the 8×8 casserole dish. Top the mixture with the remaining 1 cup shredded Colby jack cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the dip is bubbly and hot.

Notes

Note: I highly suggest buying a block of cheese and shredding it yourself. I find that it melts much better when you shred it yourself rather than buying pre-shredded cheese. 
 
Note: If you have a casserole dish that comes with a lid, you could use that and then if you are taking this dip on the road, it would allow for easy transport.
Note: If you are serving this for a crowd, you could transfer mixture to a slow cooker and keep it on the warm setting.

Nutrition

Sodium: 633mg | Calcium: 159mg | Vitamin C: 13mg | Vitamin A: 828IU | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 356mg | Cholesterol: 41mg | Calories: 243kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Fat: 14g | Protein: 13g | Carbohydrates: 16g | Iron: 2mg
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