Korean Sloppy Joe Sandwiches
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
A Korean-flavored twist on a family favorite and classic. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) tomato sauce
  • 1 - Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 - Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 - Tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 - Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 - tsp ground cumin
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 4 - sandwich buns**
  • Garnish: - sesame seeds**
  • Side: - fruit**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Brown the ground beef in skillet and drain. Return to the skillet and stir in the tomato sauce plus 1/2 can worth of hot water, mustard, vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, minced onion, paprika, cumin, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Bring to bubbling and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. (Note: you could substitute a 15 oz. can sloppy joe sauce in place of the homemade sauce above, just add a little sesame oil. Be sure to update the shopping list if you make this substitution.)
  3. Sprinkle sesame seeds onto each sandwich. Prepare fresh fruit.
  4. Serve Korean Sloppy Joes on hamburger buns with side of fruit.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown and cool 2 lbs. ground beef.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the browned and cooled ground beef
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the skillet for reheating with about 1 cup hot water mixed into the sauce.

Special notes

You can substitute 15 oz. can sloppy joe sauce for the homemade sauce above.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when served with dairy-free sides.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Use gluten-free buns or serve as “Sloppy Joe Bowl” over bed of rice.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Korean Sloppy Joe

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and reheat sloppy joe sauce in skillet. Garnish each sandwich with sesame seeds.
Serve on sandwich buns with fruit.