Asian-Style Sloppy Joes

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Asian-Sloppy Joes are old-school meets new-school. The sloppy joe vehicle stays the same, but it’s paired with a spicy kick from the chili garlic sauce, ginger and hoisin.

Asian-Style Sloppy Joes

About a year ago this time, Lauren, one of my closest blogging pals, sent me a hand-written note in the mail with a huge and exciting announcement: SHE WAS WRITING A COOKBOOK!!

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Fast-forward to today: her cookbook, Modern Comfort Cooking, is on sale nation-wide and featured in book shelves all over the country!

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One of the many reasons I love Lauren’s blog, Climbing Grier Mountain, is because her website is full of the most creative, unique and flavor-forward recipes I’ve ever seen.

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Lauren’s food photography is dark and moody and her food styling is straight out of a catalog. Pretty impressive for someone whose professional background is in the financial industry.

Asian Style Sloppy Joes a healthy family recipe

Modern Comfort Cooking features recipes such as Thai Chicken & Rice Casserole, Lebanese Margherita Lamb Pizza, Banh Mi Breakfast Tacos and more. It was nearly crippling trying to pinpoint ONE recipe to share with you all but I decided to go with the Asian-Style Sloppy Joes since who doesn’t love sloppy joes?!

Asian Style Sloppy Joes an easy dinner recipe

To keep it kid-friendly, you can omit the chili garlic sauce, but I highly recommend you keep it in. Afterall, kids in Thailand, India and Mexico eat chilis right?? I keep telling my spice-adverse six year old that anyway. ;-)

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Congrats on your beautiful book Lauren! I love you and I’m so proud of you!! Be sure to grab your copy today, friends!

Asian Style Sloppy Joe Recipe

Asian Style Sloppy Joes

5 stars average
Asian-Sloppy Joes are old-school meets new-school. The sloppy joe vehicle stays the same, but it’s paired with a spicy kick from the chili garlic sauce, ginger and hoisin.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 45 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons clarified butter
  • 1 cup yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken thighs or pork
  • ½ cup hoisin
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ cup fire roasted diced tomatoes (drained )
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 4 brioche buns
  • raw broccoli slaw (for garnish)
  • shredded Napa cabbage (for garnish)


  • In a large skillet preheated to medium-high heat, add the clari ed butter, followed by the onion, garlic sauce, ginger, garlic clove, salt and pepper. Sauté the veggies, stirring often until they are softened, or about 5 minutes.
  • Next, add the ground chicken to the skillet, breaking up the chicken with a wooden spoon. Cook the chicken until it is no longer pink, or for about 6 minutes. Then stir in the hoisin, soy sauce, tomatoes and lime juice. Bring the mixture to a boil and then a simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Once the sauce is at your desired consistency, ladle some of the sloppy joe mixture on top of a brioche bun bottom. To give the sloppy joe some crunch, top it with raw broccoli slaw and/or Napa cabbage and top it with the remaining bun. Repeat the process until all the sloppy joes have been assembled! 

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These sloppy joes will stay fresh in the fridge for up to three days. Simply make ahead and reheat when you have a craving or need to feed an army.


Serving: 1gCalories: 640kcalCarbohydrates: 68.2gProtein: 32.6gFat: 24.1gSaturated Fat: 5.7gMonounsaturated Fat: 18.4gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 1780mgFiber: 3.6gSugar: 16.6g
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8 responses to “Asian-Style Sloppy Joes”

  1. Mary B Avatar
    Mary B

    I just want to share that we made these today. I work in a day program for adults with special needs. On Wednesday’s we make lunch. This was a huge success! Even our pickiest eaters loved them!

    Thank you!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh that’s awesome! I”m so glad!!

  2. 2pots2cook Avatar

    Love the Asian twist. Thank you so much !

  3. Lisa Huff Avatar
    Lisa Huff

    Ohhhh yum! Looks incredible!

  4. Sabrina Avatar

    thank you for sharing this, love the hoisin, cabbage and other Asian flavors in a wonderful twist on my boring old sloppy-joe recipe!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s so yummy! Enjoy!

  5. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    Yay!!! Feels like yesterday when I wrote that letter!! Thank you so much for being an amazing friend. Your friendship means the world to me!! Love you!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So proud of you friend and grateful for you!!!! Happy Holidays and CONGRATS again!