Ming Tsai’s Asian Sloppy Joe

I enjoy the Asian Sloppy Joe at Blue Dragon and when Margaret told me about how she used Ming Tsai’s Asian Sloppy Joe recipe at home I knew I had to make it sometime.  This weekend I decided it was finally time.

Ming Tsai Asian Sloppy Joe

The dish had great flavor and definitely quick and easy to make.  There were however a few changes I made to the recipe.


  • Add garlic.  Because garlic makes everything delicious.
  • Use Hoisin and lime juice separately instead of a Hoisin-Lime sauce.  I didn’t see any in the stores, so just made my own.

What I May Change for Next Time

  • Add another jalapeno.  I love spicy and I wish it had a little more kick.  Actually, I may add the jalapeno towards the end so it has a little more texture and kick!
  • Add some fresh, grated ginger.
  • Add a little sriracha!
  • Eat some of the meat on lettuce leaves!  This is a great dish to serve as a lettuce wrap.

This is a keeper.  Thanks Margaret for sharing this with me!

Ming Tsai's Asian Sloppy Joe
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Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium red onions, cut into ¼-inch dice
  • 1 cup celery cut into ¼-inch dice
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 jalapeños, stemmed and minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 chopped roma tomatoes
  • 1-9.4 oz jar of Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 to 6 hamburger buns
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce, shredded
  1. Heat a large deep, heavy saucepan over high heat.
  2. Add the oil and coat the pan.
  3. Add the onions, garlic, celery, and jalapeños and sauté until soft (about 2 minutes).
  4. Add the beef and pork and brown lightly, breaking up any clumps with a wooden spoon (about 5 minutes).
  5. Add the tomatoes and the Hoisin and lime juice and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer and cook until cooked down and thickened enough to mound when ladled (about 30 to 45 minutes).
  7. Toast the buns and place a bottom half on each serving plate.
  8. Top with some of the lettuce, large scoops of the sloppy joe mixture, and more lettuce.
  9. Place the top buns over the contents and serve.

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