Sloppy Joe Dip is a ground beef mixture that is a thicker, cheesier version of a sloppy joe that is the perfect dip for toasted baguettes or bagel chips. Try my Minnesota Sloppy Joe or Philly Cheesecake Sloppy Joes for two more delicious sloppy joe recipes!
Sloppy Joe Dip
Sloppy Joes are one of my favorite sandwiches to make and eat! And, I usually end up dipping some chips in the leftover ground beef mixture that falls on my plate. So, it makes sense to make this Sloppy Joe Dip. It is thicker than a traditional sloppy joe mix with added cheese. And, to be honest, it is delicious piled on a bun as well!
Sloppy Joe Dip Ingredients
Forget the canned sloppy joe sauce. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own homemade sloppy joe mix with simple ingredients, but not simple on flavor.
Meat: I used ground beef in this dip. Ground turkey would also be a delicious option.
Slurry: To thicken the sloppy joe mixture, add a slurry of cornstarch and water. Using equal parts of each is the answer for thickening sauces and soups.
Cheese: Shredded cheddar cheese was my choice in this recipe. I think sharp cheddar or pepperjack would be excellent as well.
Toasted Baguettes: Make your own toasted baguettes to dip into the Sloppy Joe Dip. Or, dip some bagel chips or even Fritos corn chips (my favorite) into the mixture.
How to Make Sloppy Joe Dip
Before you begin making the dip, be sure to place the top oven rack about 6 inches from the broiler. Then, preheat the oven to broil. The dip will be placed under the broiler at the end to melt the cheese on top.
In an oven-safe skillet over medium heat, add the ground beef, onions, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook until the beef is no longer pink. Once the beef has been browned, drain grease. Add in the beef broth, ketchup, and mustard. Stir all the ingredients together.
Next, in a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. This is the slurry to thicken the dip. Pour it into the sloppy joe mixture and whisk until thickened. Then, remove the skillet from the heat and stir in a cup of the shredded cheese. Top the sloppy joe mixture with the remaining half cup of cheese.
Finally, transfer the skillet to the oven to broil for 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is hot and bubbly. Serve with toasted baguettes, bagel chips, roasted potato wedges, or your favorite dipping chip. To keep the dip warm, you can transfer the dip into a crockpot on the warm setting. Store leftover dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Do I Have to Drain the Grease from Ground Beef?
Draining the grease from the beef is a personal preference. The fat content of the beef (80 percent lean to 20 percent fat up to 97 percent lean/3 percent fat) will determine how much grease is left in the pan after browning. Since spices were added to the beef, you may want to refrain from draining the grease to keep all the flavors in there.
If you are using ground beef with higher fat content and have grease leftover, you can always add some cornstarch to the mixture to absorb the moisture. Either way, you will still get a flavorful dip!
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Sloppy Joe Dip
Sloppy Joe Dip is a ground beef mixture that is a thicker, cheesier version of a sloppy joe that is the perfect dip for toasted baguettes or bagel chips.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- ½ cup onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1½ cups ketchup
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- toasted baguettes, or bagel chips for serving
Preheat oven to broil. (The top oven rack should be about 6 inches from the broiler.)
In a large, oven-safe skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef, onions, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking until the beef is no longer pink. (Optional: Drain grease)
Add in beef broth, ketchup, and mustard. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Pour into the beef mixture and whisk, cooking until thickened.
Remove the pan from heat and stir in a cup of the cheese until melted.
Top with the remaining cheese.
Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil until the cheese is hot and bubbly (3-5 minutes).
Serve warm with toasted baguettes or bagel chips.