Delicious Thai Sloppy Joes, with a red curry peanut sauce, are served on small ciabatta buns, almost like a slider. We make a homeamde Mango Cucumber Summer Slaw that is out of this world. Every bite is dreamy – and perfect for a light lunch or snack dinner. Serve out by the pool or for picnics in the park!

I love a good, juicy Soppy Joe, especially with an Asian flare. These delightful Thai Sloppy Joes are on the smaller side (served on ciabatta rolls) with a spoonful of summer slaw! So very tasty, and even more delicious when served with this Mango Cucumber Summer Slaw! Yes, please—perfect for summer!

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Thai Sloppy Joes

This time we put a twist the classic “Sloppy Joe” and turned it into the ultimate sumer sandwich. You can even make up the meat and serve it with your favorite chip or cracker! This Thai version, with the best sauce–Thai Red chili paste, peanut butter, fish sauce, and lime–is one we think you will love, too.

Why I love this recipe

  • It’s casual and light (lunch or a snack).
  • Delicious served with Mango Cucumber Summer Slaw.
  • Make ahead for a gathering, and very easy for everyone to assemble!

Gather these ingredients

  • Ciabatta buns: or rolls
  • Ground chicken or turkey: optional to use ground beef
  • Red Thai chili paste
  • Peanut butter: chunky or creamy
  • Fish sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Coconut sugar
  • Coconut aminos
  • Ground ginger
  • Garlic powder
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Romaine lettuce

How do you make Thai Sloppy Joes?

  1. In a small bowl, mix together peanut butter, chili paste, sugar, coconut aminos, ginger powder, garlic powder, lime juice, sesame oil, and salt and peppe to taste. Set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat olive oil. When oil is hot, add your ground chicken and stir until fully cooked. Add in your peanut butter chili paste and mix thoroughly.
  3. Toast your ciabatta buns in a toaster or under a broiler on low.
  4. Serve warm or cold with romaine lettuce and Mango Cucumber Cabbage Side Slaw for a fresh and light summer dinner!

Tips and substitutions:

  • You can replace the ground chicken or turkey with ground beef (will be greasier, so you will need to drain the meat well, or use a lean beef).
  • Skip the rolls (buns) and make lettuce wraps.
  • Serve with any kind of slaw. You make want to try our Pineapple Cole Slaw.
  • Serve on a BIG BOARD for a fun presentation. Set the “hot meat” in the center (on a pot holder), and add all the toppings and slaw around it.

How do you serve Thai Slopppy Joes?

We love these sliders served during the summer months with a fresh, summer slaw. You can also serve this Thai meat as a Texas Toast version (on a thick piece of bread), with your favorite cheese.

Don’t forget the ciabatta buns!

Summer is the season of gathering, warmth, light, and lingering (at least around our table), but we always remember it’s the people that add the sweetness to the evening.

Oh, and speaking of sweet. Make ahead these Marionberry Ice Cream Sandwiches and freeze! Pull from the freezer when company comes, and serve! You need very little time to defrost (like the time you walk from the freezer to the table), and they pair well with these Sloppy Joes.

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Thai Sloppy Joes

Enjoy this easy Thai Sloppy Joes recipe, made with a red curry peanut sauce, served on a small ciabatta bun with Mango Cucumber Summer Slaw!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6
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Ingredients
 

  • 6-8 ciabatta buns, toasted
  • 2 lb. ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 Tbsp Red Thai chili paste
  • ½ cup peanut butter, chunky or creamy
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Romaine lettuce

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix together peanut butter, chili paste, sugar, coconut aminos, ginger powder, garlic powder, lime juice, sesame oil, and salt and peppe to taste. Set aside.
  • In a medium skillet, heat olive oil. When oil is hot, add your ground chicken and stir until fully cooked. Add in your peanut butter chili paste and mix thoroughly.
  • Toast your ciabatta buns in a toaster or under a broiler on low.
  • Serve warm or cold with romaine lettuce and Mango Cucumber Cabbage Side Slaw for a fresh and light summer dinner!

Notes

Search for Mango Cucumber Cabbage Slaw to serve with this recipe!
Reposted from July 2019.
Cuisine: Thai
Course: Main Course
Calories: 485kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 130mg, Sodium: 671mg, Potassium: 884mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 12IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg
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Thai Sloppy Joes