Chef John's Hot Sloppy Joe Dip
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.
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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.