Asian Sloppy Joe (re-purposed from Asian Meatloaf)

A month or so back I presented you with my incredibly mouthwatering version of an Asian Meatloaf. Complete with all the flavors you have come to love in Asian cuisine with hints of soy, ginger, orange, vinegar, hoisin sauce and even Sriracha sauce. I hope you made a copy of that recipe (if not click here) and get ready for a re-take on the leftovers. If by all means you did not or will not inhale the entire batch of meatloaf (its that good) then use your leftovers to make a perfectly balanced and flavorful sloppy joe. Your kids and husbands will not know it is from leftover meatloaf and you just saved yourself A LOT of time in the kitchen. Yes, by all means you can thank me later:)

I am keeping this post short and sweet today because A) I am super busy with crazy things like selling a house, end of school year for Grant and Oh yeah- this little side business I have started (we can talk about that later) B) There is really nothing more I can say about a Sloppy Joe besides it is easy, quick and it certainly doesn’t get enough credit in my book. Husbands tend to see it as kid food and kids tend to shy away from it because at times certain placesΒ (not going to name any names here) where our kids go to learn (have you guessed yet?) the meat has unknowingly and at times unjustifiably been given the name “mystery” meat.

I say we join forces as moms and bring back the old school love for meatloaf and sloppy joes! Are you with me! Click here for the Asian Meatloaf recipe which will leave you with incredibly flavorful remnants for your next sloppy joe!

Asian Sloppy Joe (re-purposed from Asian Meatloaf)
  • 1½ cup of leftover meatloaf (use fork to break it up)
  • If you do not have enough meatloaf leftover or did not make the meatloaf to begin with then substitute or add to using ground beef
  • ½ can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup Hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 4 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 limed, juiced
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper each
  • *optional 1 tsp Sriracha sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients together except for the meat. Bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is thick, about 40 minutes.
  2. Add the broken up meat to the sauce and cook for another 5-10 minutes just until the meat is nice and warm. If you are not using leftover meatloaf. Then while the sauce is simmering cook your beef in a skillet and saute in a separate skillet the following. Add both the meat and veggies to the sauce as stated above.
  3. - 1 onion chopped
  4. - 1 red bell pepper chopped
  5. - 2 cloves of garlic


  1. StephenC

    Sloppy Joe – used to be a go-to for my mother with we 5 kids. Haven’t had one in many years. Waiting now for the proper leftovers to appear.

  2. jackie @ marin mama cooks

    Hey girl! I miss my friend and now I understand why you’re so busy. Selling your house? Are you moving locally or near me (ha ha, I wish)? What’s this side business? You must email me and tell me as curious minds want to know πŸ™‚
    My intuition tells me it has something to do with kids and cooking? Maybe or am I totally off?
    I get the end of school year flurry. I’m so ready for summer. Our weekends are jammed packed with one activity after another, and it’s exhausting. I honestly feel like a chauffeur lately because I’m dropping off one kid then picking up another and then dropping one back off etc and trying to catch one of their games in-between. Crazy fun, but crazy! I didn’t get out my weekly menu post last week because I didn’t have time to even write one up. Anyway, I know you get it. Maybe we will have more time to chat come summer and when you sell your house. Have a great week girl! xoxo, Jackie

  3. Helene

    We eat a lot of sloppy joes but I have never tried an Asian version before. Love the idea. Thanks.

    1. kbelleicious

      Its the perfect pick me up for the standard sloppy joe! i hope you get a chance to try it

  4. Mary

    I love your flavors here – scrumptious – I think my girls would LOVE this!
    mary x

  5. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    Are you moving to Cali? Cool! Love this meal in a bun situation and spill the beans on the business πŸ™‚

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh if only! Wouldnt it be fun to hang out with you and my friend Jackie over some amazing food! can’t spill the beans yet but i am so excited about my new ventures! stay tuned

  6. Roz

    My family has always enjoyed ‘sloppy joes’ and with your Asian twist, I know that we’d love these! Way to go Jessica! Another winning recipe!


    1. kbelleicious

      Thanks Roz!

  7. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I’ve never thought of making sloppy joes with leftover meatloaf, what a wonderful idea. No mystery meat ever!

  8. ChgoJohn

    Like Maureen, the idea of repurposing meatloaf to make sloppy joes is a new one — but a good one! Thanks for sharing your recipe and link back to your meatloaf recipe, too.

  9. Gourmantine

    Oh, I remember those wonderful loafs, such a great way of using leftovers!

  10. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I want this so bad! What a great idea to reuse the meatloaf! Soft bun with juicy meat… mmm I’m ready for lunch, no I’m ready for this!!

  11. Kristy

    Now you sound like a busy lady! Good luck on the new business! And this looks unbelievably good. I do love a good sloppy joe and haven’t had one in ages. πŸ™‚

  12. yummychunklet

    Can’t wait to try these out on my nieces!

  13. Kiran @

    Good luck with your move! Everyone seems to be moving, lately πŸ˜‰

    That’s comfort food at it’s best!

  14. Balvinder

    This is a great way to use leftover meat loaf.

    1. kbelleicious

      Yes of you know you could even use leftover hamburgers or even leftover taco meat and make more of a southwestern style sloppy joe! The possibilities are endless!

  15. Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    We have a motto in our house and it’s called “Why Not?!” This recipe speaks to the deliciousness that can come about when implement said motto. πŸ™‚

  16. Pure Complex

    I LOVE recycling dishes for a totally new dish. And this sloppy joe looks better than other I’ve seen. Divine. Typically I’m not into sloppy joes but I love the flavor in this one

  17. Erica

    I always love seeing creative uses for leftovers! I bet these were so yum

  18. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I always make a larger meatloaf just for leftovers as the flavor the next day is so much better. Great idea to go with a sloppy joe with the left over meatloaf.

  19. BusyWorkingMama

    Looks delicious! I love re-purposed meals! I’d add a pickle on top πŸ™‚

  20. nancy at good food matters

    another very clever, very tasty recipe!

  21. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    These look really good. I know our son and his family would really go for these!

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