Chef John's Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds extra lean ground beef
  • 2green bell peppers, diced
  • 1onion, 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
  • Directions

  • Step 1

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

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  • Step 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.

  • Step 3

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

  • Step 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.

  • Step 5

    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.

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