Sloppy joes are a great easy weeknight meal, and even though I have a favorite recipe for them, I can only eat them so often. There are so many other great recipes to try, plus we try not to eat too much beef in our house because it’s not the healthiest of the protein options out there. Which is why I’m so excited about these Turkey Sloppy Joes with Hoisin and Cilantro. Since these are made with red onion, ginger, hoisin, cilantro, and lime juice, they have a completely different (and delicious!) flavor profile than traditional sloppy joes. And, since they’re made with turkey rather than beef, I can feel good about serving them to my family on a regular basis.
I know at first glance, you might wonder if the flavors in this recipe really do combine into a tasty sloppy joe. Let me assure you, they do! I was a bit skeptical, and had my sister not made this recipe first and recommended it, I may not have tried it myself. I’m so glad I did give it a try, and I’ll definitely be making these again.
Turkey Sloppy Joes with Hoisin and Cilantro
Makes 4 servings
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 1 medium clove garlic, minced and then mashed to a paste with 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 8oz. can tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
- 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice, plus more to taste
- 4 hamburger buns, preferably whole wheat, toasted
- Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and cayenne and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the turkey and cook, stirring and breaking it up into small pieces, until it no longer looks raw, about 4 minutes.
- Add the tomato sauce and hoisin to the skillet, and stir to combine with the turkey mixture. Cook, stirring often, until thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Taste and add more lime juice if desired. Serve in the toasted buns.
Source: Slightly adapted from Fine Cooking, Feb./March 2013