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Turkey Sloppy Joes with Hoisin and Cilantro

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Hoisin sauce, a thick sweet-and-spicy Chinese condiment, gives ground turkey a deep and savory flavor in this new twist on a classic American sandwich.


  • 1 Tbs. canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium clove garlic, mashed to a paste with 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice; more to taste
  • 4 split egg twist rolls or sesame seed hamburger buns, toasted if desired

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 380
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 130
  • Fat (g): 14
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6
  • Cholesterol (mg): 75
  • Sodium (mg): 900
  • Carbohydrates (g): 35
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 28


  • Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spatula, until softened, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the garlic, ginger, and cayenne and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the turkey and cook, stirring constantly and breaking it up into small pieces, until it no longer looks raw, about 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce and hoisin sauce, increase the heat to medium high, and cook, stirring often, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro and lime juice, adding more lime juice to taste. Serve in the buns.
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  • pansarra | 03/18/2018

    This combination of tomato sauce, hoisen sauce, and turkey just didn't work. All the flavors clashed. I won't be making this again.

  • Loebi | 01/28/2016

    Huge hit with my family (teenagers included). Came together quickly (great for weekday night when you get home late and want to make something tasty and healthy). Used ground chicken thighs (dark meat) and was delicious. Doubled this for family of 4. Leftovers are always welcome.

  • ONaturelle | 01/25/2014

    My partner made this for dinner this evening. He followed the recipe exactly. He served his on split hearth-baked focaccia and I had mine on whole-grain sour dough bread. Do not let the simplicity of this recipe dissuade you from trying it. It's packed with flavour, balanced, ready in under 1/2 an hour, warm, and comforting. Just a sprinkle of flaked salt at the table and a dusting of fresh cilantro.

  • ceh1225 | 12/19/2013

    really great - will make again. tomato sauce was a little odd at first with Asian flavors, but really good. We squeezed a little fresh lime juice before serving and used butter lettuce for our gluten free guests.

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