An easy, fun, and hearty dip that’s perfect to eat while watching the game! Keep warm in a slow cooker to make serving even simpler.
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When people ask me if I’m a football fan, I say that I’m a football food fan. I might not know what a zone blitz is, but I can make and eat yummy game day foods with the best of them.
In my opinion, good football food is what brings together the diehards and the fair-weather fans in such a way that everyone has a great time! With that in mind, I created an easy, delicious appetizer that’s perfect to make for the big game or anytime you’re gathering together with friends: Spicy, Smoky, Sloppy Joe Dip.
Whenever I make sloppy joes for dinner, my husband and I inevitably end up standing over the stove, scooping up any leftover sloppy joe right out of the skillet with chips or pieces of bread, so I thought it would be a perfect food to transform into a dip.
I love the flavor of sloppy joes made with MANWICH alone, but to make this dip I wanted to add a little heat and smokiness to the mix. I headed to my local Walmart to grab a can of MANWICH, as well as a can of Ro*Tel Hot Diced Tomatoes with Habaneros. Ro*Tel comes in several different varieties, but I chose the “Hot” version to give this dip some kick. I knew that combining these two products would give me that spicy/sweet flavor combination I was looking for, and make the dip super easy to prepare as well.
When I walked through the produce section, I couldn’t resist grabbing a fresh jalapeno to kick up the heat up even more. And then I stopped by Walmart’s bakery department, where I found a “bake and take” baguette that was the perfect size for making the bread rounds I wanted to serve with the dip.
At Walmart, you can find Ro*Tel in the aisle with the canned tomato sauce, and the MANWICH is located in the aisle with canned chili, canned chicken and other canned meats.
Spicy, Smoky Sloppy Joe Dip
(printable recipe below)
Step 1: Brown 1 lb of ground beef in a skillet, drain off any fat, and then pour in the MANWICH sauce.
Step 2: Drain the can of Ro*Tel into a strainer, and add to the skillet. (Don’t forget this step, or the dip will be too liquidy).
Step 3: Stir in the 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, and 1/4 tsp cayenne, and let the dip cook on low heat for a while to allow the flavors to mingle. Or, you can transfer it to a slow cooker to keep warm until you’re ready to serve.
Step 4: While the flavor mingling is happening, toast your “make and take” baguette in the oven according to package instructions. After it’s heated up, it’s time to slice it into rounds for serving.
Here’s MY SECRET TIP for slicing the baguette! In order to keep the bread from getting smushed when you start cutting into it, turn the baguette upside down. Since the bottom of the baguette is more dense, the rounds will hold their shape when you slice into them that way. Also be sure to use a bread knife or serrated knife to make slicing easier and your slices neater.
There are two ways you can serve this bread: If you want to add a little pizzazz to your presentation, you can top the toasted bread rounds with dip and a sliver of jalapeno and serve them pre-assembled on a platter, like this:
Or, you can keep the dip warm in a crockpot and just serve the toasted bread rounds and jalapenos in separate bowls so that guests can dip and scoop as they please.
This dip is so simple to put together, has tons of flavor, and is the perfect hearty appetizer to serve at your next gathering, whether you’re feeding a crowd or just a few friends.
Do you guys love watching football, or are you just there for the food? Let me know in the comments!
Sloppy Joe Dip
- Drain the liquid from the Ro*Tel and set the tomato/pepper mixture aside. In a skillet, brown the ground beef. After the beef is cooked, drain off any fat and return the skillet to the stove. Add MANWICH, drained Ro*Tel, salt, and spices. Stir to combine and reduce heat to low. Let simmer on low for about 15 minutes to allow flavors to combine.
- In the meantime, warm up baguette in the oven according to package instructions. Remove to a cutting board and slice into 3/4 inch slices. Serve dip with baguette slices and top with thin slices of jalapeno (optional).