Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes with Hoisin and Cilantro

by Erin

Making sloppy joes at home from scratch it also as easy as opening a can. And this hoisin flavored version will tantalize your taste buds.

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes #groundturkey

I don’t go out to eat often, but when I do I rarely leave with leftovers. And what I mean by this is that I either inhale it all or I get a box to go and somehow end up leaving it on the table, much to my dismay later on.

This problem of mine is particularly annoying when I purposely ordered enough food to cover two meals. I have to make a conscious effort to hold onto my to-go box when getting ready to leave or else it’ll never make it.

One time I remembered right as I was walking out the restaurant door, but it was already too late. The waiting staff was just too fast and efficient for me :-(.

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes #sloppyjoes

The best thing about cooking and eating at home? All my leftovers stay with me.

In fact, most of the time when I make recipes that serve multiple people, I portion out the serving I’m going to eat and then divide the rest amongst lunch-box-sized containers for lunch that week. This makes me particularly happy when I get to enjoy awesome things such as these sloppy joes more than once.

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes #hoisin

Sloppy Joes don’t have to come from a can. And they also don’t always have to be made with the same traditional seasonings either.

When I saw this recipe using hoisin sauce I had to make it. And I am glad I did because it totally beats any canned sloppy joe sauce any day. Serve with a side of crispy parmesan green beans or tots.

Celebrating National Sloppy Joe Day!

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

Post updated 3/17/20, photo above is the original.

One year ago: Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Gorgonzola & Pecans


Serves 4


1 Tbsp canola oil

1 medium red onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

3/4 tsp grated fresh ginger

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1 lb. ground turkey

1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

4 sandwich rolls, toasted


  1. Add the oil to a large nonstick skillet and set the pan over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, ginger, salt, and cayenne and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, just until fragrant.
  3. Add the ground turkey to the pan and brown, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  4. Once the turkey is browned, stir in the tomato sauce and the hoisin. Continue cooking for 5-7 more minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Turn off the heat under the pan and stir in the cilantro and lime juice.
  6. Divide the mixture evenly among the rolls and serve.

Source: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life May 18, 2013 - 8:19 am

What a great meal idea! I never did like that canned sloppy joe stuff! But this homemade version sounds just perfect!!!

Susan May 15, 2013 - 12:23 pm

I kind of love the idea of using hoisin in the sloppy joe sauce! A great unexpected flavor!

amy @ fearless homemaker May 15, 2013 - 8:59 am

Is it weird that i’ve never had a sloppy joe in my entire life? I really need to change that because these look SO good and I love the flavor combo – YUM!

spiffycookie May 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

Totally shocked. I’m not sure how you manage that. I feel like you have to try in order to never have had one haha.

Joanne May 15, 2013 - 6:57 am

I live for leftovers. Seriously, I couldn’t get by without them! It makes going to work so much easier to know that I’ll have something delicious to eat for lunch. Love the Asian flavors in these sloppy joes! It’s such a fun twist.

Aimee @ ShugarySweets May 14, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Oh man I’m starving. Love this kind of meal Erin :) Delish looking.

Renee @ Tortillas and Honey May 14, 2013 - 1:11 pm

I love this twist on sloppy joes! It looks so incredibly easy and delicious, I will have to give this a try!

Mr. & Mrs. P May 14, 2013 - 11:06 am

Sloppy joes remind us of our childhood!!! Love the twist using the ground turkey

ashley - baker by nature May 14, 2013 - 9:09 am

It;s been way too long since I’ve whipped up a batch of sloppy joe’s! Need these!

steph@stephsbitebybite May 14, 2013 - 8:02 am

Sloppy joes…how can you resist?!

Tracey May 14, 2013 - 7:35 am

We are long overdue to make this one again. Such a quick, easy and delicious weeknight meal! And equally perfect as leftovers :) Are those sweet potato tots on your plate? If so, want!

spiffycookie May 14, 2013 - 9:16 am

You know it! Alexia, get some ;-)


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