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Adjust Servings:
Sloppy Joe Filling
1 Lb
1/2 Ground Cumin Chopped
3 cloves Chilies in Adobo Minced
Red Onion Thickened with cornstarch
1 Tbsp Fresh Grated
2 Tbsp
Asian Coleslaw
1 Bag Just the vegetable mixture
3 Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp
1/4 c
1 Tbsp Lime Juice Pure Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Fresh Gradted
2 Cloves Chilies in Adobo Minced

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Sloppy Joe With and Asian Twist

This quick and easy sloppy joe change-up will make it in your playlist for sure.

  • 20m
  • Serves 4
  • Easy


  • Sloppy Joe Filling

  • Asian Coleslaw



Asian Sloppy Joe Recipe

Who doesn’t love a good sloppy joe? It’s quick, cheap, and easy. As an obvious lover of Asian flavors in food, I try to think of how to blend them into my normal cooking. So I took every 90’s kids’ favorite weeknight meal and turned it into your new favorite sloppy joe recipe. By swapping out the typical meat sauce with my homemade teriyaki sauce and topping it off with fresh Asian coleslaw, you can turn this weeknight hero into something special.

How to make an Asian Sloppy Joe

This is a simple recipe but comes in two major parts. Making the sloppy joe mix and making the Asian coleslaw. Start with the coleslaw so the flavor has time to set in. Then, while the slaw works its magic, you can make the filling.

Asian coleslaw

To give our sloppy joes a fresh and flavorful kick we’ll mix together a simple mixture. You’ll need:

  • Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Soy Sauce
  • Garlic
  • Ginger (save a bit extra for the sloppy joe filling)
  • Salt and Pepper

Mix all those together in a large mixing bowl and whisk together. Add a bag of store-bought coleslaw mix and toss it in the bowl well. While it sits and develops flavors, it’s time to make the sloppy joes.

Sloppy Joe Mixture

The sloppy joe sauce and filling are the second key to this recipe. The sauce is simply my homemade teriyaki sauce which takes less than 10 minutes to make (also goes great with stirfry noodles). To give it more of an Asian kick add in:

  • Sesame oil
  • Yellow Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger

Cooking ground beef in this mixture of aromatics really throws off the formula but in a good way.

Wrap that all up in a sesame seed bun and that’s it.

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Mince garlic, grate ginger and chop the onion.


In a large bowl combine the olive oil, 1 Tbsp sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce, minced garlic, and grated ginger in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until well combined.


Add the coleslaw mix into the bowl and toss well, ensuring the coleslaw is well coated. Set aside until serving.


Heat a medium skillet on medium-high. Add 2 Tbs sesame oil to the pan then immediately add the onions and garlic. Cook stirring for 2-3 minutes, one the onion begins to turn translucent, then add the ground beef. Break up the meat while cooking.


Once the meat has finished cooking turn the heat to low and add in the teriyaki sauce, if you did not thicken the sauce when you made it do it now by mixing 1 Tbsp corn starch and 2 Tbsp of water and mixing to the teriyaki sauce after pouring it over. Mix well until the meat is completely coated. Careful as the saucy may burn if left on the heat for too long.


Place the filling on a bun, top with coleslaw, and enjoy.

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