For me this checks all the boxes for a hot party dip. It's relatively cheap and easy to make, but maybe more importantly, it's great hot, warm, or room temp. And it's also incredibly versatile.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place ground beef, bell pepper, onion, garlic, flour, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a heavy pot.

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  • Place pot over medium-high heat. Break up and stir mixture as it heats. Cook and stir until most of the moisture has evaporated and mixture is crumbly and begins to brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick, about 45 minutes.

  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Transfer mixture to oven-proof sauce pan. Top with 1/2 of the shredded cheese. Poke cheese down into the dip with a fork, stirring lightly. Top with remaining cheese.

  • Place pan under broiler; broil until cheese is browned, and mixture is hot and bubbly, about 5 minutes.

Chef's Notes:

You can substitute 2 cups water for the 2 cups chicken broth.

You can finish this dip in a hot oven (425 degrees F (220 degrees C)) instead of under the broiler. And you don't have to present this as a baked dip. You can just leave it on the stove, on low, for guests to dip into.

This dip is perfect served with baguette slices.

Nutrition Facts

230 calories; protein 19.2g 39% DV; carbohydrates 11.6g 4% DV; fat 11.7g 18% DV; cholesterol 66.5mg 22% DV; sodium 832.4mg 33% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2017
Amazing dip recipe for the big game day. Made this last night by Chef Johns recipe...followed to the tee...DELICIOUS!!! As usual Chef you are the BOMB!!! Thank you for all your great recipes and tips. Have been on your coat-tail for years. And yes...as always...ENJOY... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/07/2017
I felt it was missing some taste (tang). I am not an avid cook but maybe adding some apple cider vinegar probably would have done the trick. Read More
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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2017
Amazing dip recipe for the big game day. Made this last night by Chef Johns recipe...followed to the tee...DELICIOUS!!! As usual Chef you are the BOMB!!! Thank you for all your great recipes and tips. Have been on your coat-tail for years. And yes...as always...ENJOY... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2017
I wasn't sure if this (or any other Manwich) recipe would be worth the trouble involved in hunting & gathering, chopping & cooking since the old reliable canned sauce from Hunts is a classic example of haute cuisine at my house. My only change to CJ's recipe was replacing one green pepper with some diced cellery. I didn't taste the final product before packing it up for its trip to a friends house for college football viewing. The very sad news is that nothing was left in the dish for me to finish at home. Next time I'll use a smaller dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2018
Tasty! I altered using half Beef broth and half chicken (as that is what I had on hand). Warm and gooey/cheesy. We had several options for serving: on baguettes per recipe, on traditional buns, and over crispy tater tots. All options were a hit. Will likely make again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/06/2017
I felt it was missing some taste (tang). I am not an avid cook but maybe adding some apple cider vinegar probably would have done the trick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2017
THis was EXCELLENT ! I changed the addition of chicken broth to beef..... I served with toasted sliced baguettes :) yummy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2017
This dip was really good! Chef John did it again! I would never have thought to turn sloppy joes into a dip. Hubby is not a fan of sweet stuff so I knew I needed to cut back a bit on the brown sugar I also added a splash of cider vinegar and a teaspoon of chili powder and I always add about 1/2 cup of finely diced celery to my sloppy joes. I don't think I am misleading anyone by rating this 5 stars even though I did tweak it a bit to suit my family's taste preference. I'm sure the original recipe tastes great. Thanks again Chef John. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2017
It was just ok too sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2019
Made as written and we all loved it! Those that say it’s soupy, just simmer it longer until it’s right. CJ u da man! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2019
Awesome dip! We used with the Artisan No Knead recipe and as Chili on Garlic Mozzarella Sausage! CJ you've out done yourself .......... Again! Thank you ..... Actually we all thank you! Read More
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