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Spicy & Smoky Sloppy Joe Dip

Sloppy Joe dip is an easy, fun, and hearty party food that's perfect to eat while watching the game! Keep warm in a slow cooker to make serving even simpler.

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Spicy, Smoky Sloppy Joe Dip

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. 

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.

Ingredients for sloppy joe dip

Spicy, Smoky Sloppy Joe Dip

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 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon 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

Perfect appetizer for watching the game.
4.80 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Kate



  • 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).


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 634mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 12.8mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2.5mg
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Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

Sloppy Joe, Slop-Slop-py Joe! I'm definitely firing this up for the Super Bowl thanks!

Lauren D

Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

Yum, I will have to try this on Sunday. Great, creative twist to the sloppy joe. Manwich holds a special place in my heart - it was the first meal my husband cooked for me when we were dating. :)


Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

Awww...that's so cute! Scott cooked me a Tombstone pizza on one of our first dates, so that always holds a special place in my heart, too. :)

Stephanie R

Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

I love this idea! I bet my kids would adore it too, such a good spin on one of my all time favorites.


Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

Thanks, Stephanie! I was hoping it would appeal to both grown-ups and kids, although I have only one spice-loving kid in my family...the other one isn't a fan of spicy foods. But you can always omit the cayenne to tone things down a bit for kids.


Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

Great Superbowl idea we will try.


Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

I hope you love it!

Susan Deaven

Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

Looks yummy and easy to make for a crowd!


Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

Yes, it can easily be doubled or tripled or quadrupled!

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