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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
12 servings


  • 2 pounds extra lean ground beef

  • 2 green bell peppers, diced

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • cayenne pepper, to taste

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided


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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

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

    close up view of Hot Sloppy Joe Dip in a white pot with baguette slices on a wooden cutting board in the background
    Chef John

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 (per serving)

230 Calories
12g Fat
12g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 230
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 832mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 20mg 101%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 301mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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