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Mar 18, 2020

Asian-Style Sloppy Joes

This Asian-style sloppy Joe recipe takes a classic American dinner and spices it up with Asian condiments.

Asian-Style Sloppy Joes

This sloppy Joe recipe takes this classic ground beef recipe in a bun and lifts it to another level. It's slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and has lots of ginger and garlic.

Sloppy Joes is a family friendly meal that is kind to your budget. I remember Sloppy Joes being served in the school cafeteria every week.

This Asian-style sloppy Joe recipe is pretty much my favorite version. It's easy, a little bit more grown up, but it's still, well... sloppy!

Asian-Style Sloppy Joe sandwiches

What makes these Asian-style sloppy Joes different from regular sloppy Joes?

Instead of ketchup and Worcestershire sauce, the meat mixture includes sambal and hoisin sauce, plus ginger and garlic. Instead of bell peppers and yellow onions, the mixture includes celery and red onions. It's still tomato-y, easy, and messy!

In addition, the meat is not just hamburger. It's a mixture of ground beef and ground pork.

Asian-Style Sloppy Joe sauces

How were sloppy Joes invented?

According to the interwebs, Sloppy Joes were invented when someone named Joe added tomato sauce and ketchup to a loose meat sandwich, or Maid-Rite, which is an Iowa specialty that looks a lot like a sloppy Joe, but without the sauce. 

What can I do with Asian-style sloppy Joe meat?

If you have extra Asian-style sloppy Joe meat, try the following ideas:

  • Add some of the meat to a baked potato.
  • Toss some of the meat, along with some cheese, over some French fries and broil.
  • Fill a 6 inch circle of pie crust or puff pastry and seal the meat like an empanada. 
  • Make some nachos with this meat. 
  • Use this meat to top a pizza. 

Asian-Style Sloppy Joe messy sandwiches

You need to pile up these sandwiches with lots and lots of this meat to make these sandwiches totally authentic.

There is two pounds of meat in this recipe for four sandwiches, which means 8 ounces of meat per... that's a lot of meat, so I give you permission to make 6 to 8 sandwiches with this recipe.

The trick is that your sandwich needs to totally fall apart and all over your hands once you take your first. bite.

P.S. If you are ambitious, here's a recipe for homemade hamburger buns.

Did you know that today is National Sloppy Joe Day? Ashley of Cheese Curd in Paradise is hosting this celebration. Check out everyone's recipes!

Celebrating National Sloppy Joe Day!

  • Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes from Cheese Curd In Paradise
  • Sloppy Joe Bites from Eat Move Make
  • Thanksgiving Sloppy Joes on Mashed Potato Waffles from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
  • Delicious Sloppy Joes from Palatable Pastime
  • Instant Pot Simple Sloppy Joes from Shockingly Delicious
  • Baked Sloppy Joe Cups from Our Crafty Mom
  • Sloppy Joe Casserole from Making Miracles
  • Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes from Our Good Life
  • One Skillet Sloppy Joe Pasta from A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes with Hoisin and Cilantro from The Spiffy Cookie

  • I served these sandwiches with Polish dill pickles from my friend Wendy's son's homemade pickles. Thank you Wendy for the delicious gift!

    Asian-Style Sloppy Joes

    These Asian-Style sloppy Joes are sweet, spicy, gingery, and garlicky.

    This Asian-style sloppy Joe recipe takes a classic American dinner and spices it up with Asian condiments.

    Asian-Style Sloppy Joes

    Asian-Style Sloppy Joes
    Yield: 4 servings
    This Asian-style sloppy Joe recipe takes a classic American dinner and spices it up with Asian condiments.


    • 2 tablespoons neutral oil
    • 2 medium red onions, finely diced
    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
    • 1 cup diced celery
    • 1 tablespoon Sambal
    • 1 1/4 cups hoisin sauce
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 pound ground pork
    • Juice of 2 limes
    • 8 ounces canned roma tomatoes, chopped
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 4 hamburger buns
    • Shredded iceberg lettuce
    • Pickles, for serving


    How to cook Asian-Style Sloppy Joes

    1. Heat a large sauté pan over high heat and swirl a tablespoon of the oil in the pan. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, celery, and sambal. 
    2. Sauté the mixture for about 2 minutes. 
    3. Add the hoisin sauce and sauté for about 2 minutes. 
    4. Add the beef and pork and cook until the meat is cooked through, about 6 minutes. 
    5. Add the lime juice, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium-low and simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes. 
    6. Toast the hamburger buns and pile them high with the meat, top with the lettuce and pickles, and top with the top half of the buns. 
    7. Serve with potato chips and pickle spears. 
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    This recipe was adapted from the book Simply Ming One-Pot Meals: Quick, Healthy & Affordable Recipes by Ming Tsai

    Would you like to comment?

    1. Or I could make this and then turn the leftovers into egg rolls....This recipe is right up my alley, know how we love our Asian flavors.

    2. What a fun idea! They look delicious and I think I have most of the ingredients. I'll have to give them a go!

    3. Such a great use for Asian condiments when we are looking for something different!

      1. I have so many of them too, so it's good for me to try new flavors in standard recipes.

    4. Those flavors sound really nice! My family loves meals like this. They're so comfy!

    5. Love the Asian twist, and hoisin is one of my favorite secret ingredients!

    6. Yum! All those flavors sound perfectly delicious together. And I'm a sucker for Asian inspired recipes.

    7. Oh my goodness I can't wait to try this recipe! I love this asian twist on this sandwich- and the pickles too!


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