Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

This Hot Sloppy Joe Dip is a great tailgating appetizer!
Like a sloppy joe, but as a dip. Great for the whole crowd to enjoy.

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Council.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

We are nearing the "official" start date of Fall.

Do you know what that means? To me it means comfort food. After a Summer of enjoying fresh, cold foods, once the weather starts to change a bit I start to crave warmth.

Bowls of chili, cheesy casseroles, warm, brothy soups. Basically anything that fills up our bellies and leaves us feeling satisfied.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

This month the Iowa Beef Council and I wanted to feature the convenience of ground beef. We all have it in our deep freeze and on the ready. How many times in my life have I set a pound of ground beef out to thaw in the morning knowing I'll come up with "something" easy for dinner later?

So many times.

Remember my 25 Ground Beef Dinner Recipes post from last year? That one went over like hot cakes. Sometimes we know how easy ground beef is to use, but we just need help from a blogger {me} to show you the way.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Today we are featuring my new Hot Sloppy Joe Dip!

You guys, this hot dip is INCREDIBLE. After I took photos I just ate the darn stuff for my lunch. Why not, you know? It tastes very similar to a traditional sloppy joe. It's slightly sweet, with hints of red pepper and onion and a tang of mustard and worcestershire sauce to round it out.

Topped with shredded cheddar cheese and broiled to perfection....absolutely, it's just the best.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

To mimic a traditional sloppy joe sandwich which is eaten on a soft hamburger bun, I opted to serve this dip with slices of fresh, soft French bread slices. A traditional French baguette works great too! The soft bread soaks up all the juicy dip and creates the perfect bite.

It's saucy and fun and can be eaten right out of the skillet!

I used an oven proof skillet to place this dip right under the broiler {please make sure your skillet is oven safe!}, but if you don't have one you can pour it into any baking dish before placing under the broiler to melt the cheese.

Oh, and if you want to use a slow cooker? That works too. Directions for both are found in the recipe card below.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Look at that bite!

I'm going to be frank here - you'll want this at your next tailgating event! We are smack dab in the middle of football season. No matter who you cheer for, good food is needed to watch the big game. Does anyone even watch a game without yummy food along side?

Not me.

The Iowa Beef Council has a great list of many more tailgating recipes found HERE. Be sure to browse that list.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Here are a few other tailgating appetizers that have been popular over the years.

I mean I could probably list a 100 more, but these are some of the fan favorites. I have no doubt this Hot Sloppy Joe Dip will be on the list soon.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

When you make this dip, I'd love for you to rate the recipe on the printable card below. It helps my fans see more recipes on Google! And I for sure do not want people to miss out on this one.

A big thank you to the Iowa Beef Council for sponsoring this post. They continue to be dear friends and partners of mine. Please visit them for all your tailgating needs.

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Council.

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Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip
Yield: 12
Author: Ally
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 3 MinTotal time: 23 Min
Your favorite sloppy joe mixture turned into a dip! This fun appetizer is a tailgating must-make. Your guests will love this hot dip.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 white onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 T flour
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 T worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. In an oven proof skillet saute the diced red pepper and onion until translucent or just soft.
  2. Add in the ground beef and start breaking it apart, mixing it together with the sauteed peppers and onions.
  3. Continue cooking the ground beef. Add in the garlic, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne and flour. Stir together until combined.
  4. Add in the beef broth, ketchup, mustard and worcestershire sauce. Bring the mixture up to a rolling simmer and allow to thicken. Continue stirring off and one for about 10 minutes until thick.
  5. Stir in 1/2 of the shredded cheddar cheese. to melt. Set the oven to broil and top the sloppy joe mixture with the remaining cheese.
  6. Place the skillet (make sure it's oven proof) under the broiler for just a few minutes until golden brown and melted. Do not step away - it goes quickly!
  7. Remove from the oven and eat with sliced fresh bread (baguettes work great).


This dip can also be made in the slow cooker. You will add the cooked sloppy joe mixture to a slow cooker and top with the cheddar cheese and set to warm. Once the cheese has melted it's ready. You won't get the crunchy cheese from the broiler, but it's still just as good!

Leftovers can also be reheated and eaten on hamburger buns as sandwiches.

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