When I saw this recipe posted on Bo's Bowl, I instantly knew I was going to make it. I mean, come on.. Asian flavors.... you know I'm all about that! And sloppy joes? Well, I'll let you in on a little secret: I LOVE sloppy joes. I'm not even ashamed to admit that it doesn't even have to be homemade, I'll eat Manwich if it's put in front of me... I don't know what it is about loose meat sandwiches, but they are one of my favorites.
Ok, enough about me, let's talk about these Asian Sloppy Joes - They were incredible! It was a perfect little twist on the classic sandwich. Next time, I might make them a bit more on the spicier side... maybe add a bit of Sriracha to it, but otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing. I served this with a some Sriracha coleslaw and it was the perfect dinner for a busy week night!
Asian Sloppy Joes
Adapted from Bo's Bowl
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped (for less heat, remove the seeds and membranes)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1 Tablespoon sambal oelek
1/2 cup roma tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
salt and pepper
4 hamburger buns
In a large, deep non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until softened, about 5-8 minutes. Add the jalapeno and red pepper and saute another 5 minutes. Add the beef and the pork, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Let meat brown, about 5-8 minutes. Add the hoisin, stirring to combine. Add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened up a bit. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve on hamburger buns. Enjoy!
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