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Asian Sloppy Joes with Pickled Carrots & Onions

Asian Sloppy Joes with Pickled Carrots and Onions - unctuous, tangy, sweet, and savory! One big pot of yummy comfort food with a twist.

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Entree
Cuisine American, American/Asian Fusion, Asian
Keyword Sloppy Joes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 368 kcal
Author Holly Sander

Ingredients

For The Sloppy Joes Mixture:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (can substitute pork,chicken or turkey)
  • 2 yellow onions, finely diced
  • 3 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 4 jalapeños, stemmed, seeds removed and finely diced (or 1 green pepper finely diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 14-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup hoisin sauce (8 ounces)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or hot sauce for heat
  • 12 slider buns or Boston Bibb Lettuce
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • Dill pickles

Pickled Carrots & Onions:

  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ ounce fresh ginger, peeled and chopped into very thin matchsticks

Instructions

For The Sloppy Joes (Stove Top Directions):

  1. Heat a large deep, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add vegetable oil and the beef.  Brown the beef, breaking up any clumps with a spatula, and cook about 6 minutes.  Drain any excess grease and set aside.

  2. Add onions, celery, and jalapeños and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and ginger and sauté 1 more minute.

  3. Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes, hoisin sauce, lime juice, and water.  Bring the mixture to a slow simmer and fold in the meat.  Cover and sauté until cooked down and thickened, 20-30 minutes.  Add more water if the mixture gets dry.

  4. Serve the Asian Sloppy Joe mixture with slider buns or Boston Bibb Lettuce with some of the pickled carrots and onions, dill pickles, and shredded lettuce if serving on a bun.

For The Sloppy Joes (Crockpot Directions):

  1. Set crock-pot to high.  Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, hoisin sauce, lime juice, garlic, ginger and water and stir together well.  Put the lid on crockpot and start cooking.

  2. Saute ground beef in a sauté pan with vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it’s completely cooked about 6 minutes.  Drain off any excess grease and add the meat to the crockpot.  Add the onions, celery, and jalapeños and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the vegetables to the crockpot and stir the mixture well.  Allow the mixture to cook for 3-4 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low.  Stir now and then if possible.

  3. Serve the Asian Sloppy Joe mixture with slider buns or Boston Bibb Lettuce with some of the pickles, pickled carrots and onions, dill pickles, and shredded lettuce if serving on a bun.

For The Pickled Carrots & Onions:

  1. Heat vinegar, sugar, and ginger in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved - about 3 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.

  2. Add the carrots and onions, toss well and allow to sit for 10 minutes on the counter.  Transfer to an airtight container and chill covered until ready to use.