Gochujang Sloppy Joes

 Gochujang Sloppy JoesSloppy Joes is one of the well known American classic dish.

I understand the term “sloppy” in the title. This is a kind of dish that can be prepared quick and easy, and it can be a little messy when you eat with hands. However why does it have a name of “Joe”? Why not Bob or David?  Just simply curious!

Anyway, I want to give a little twist to this all American classic sandwich by adding a Korean flavor.  Yes, this is Gochujang Sloppy Joes!  Gochujang will add a very gentle spicy kick and you will love how it binds all the flavors so nicely.


Gochujang Sloppy JoesI made this recipe for JayOne and you will find the same recipe on their site as well.

If you are stuck with ideas of what to make for dinner, try this Korean fusion of Gochujang sloppy Joes to add a little variation on your repertoire. You never know! This might become your routine.



Sloppy JoesThe holy trinity of American vegetables, the onion, celery, and green pepper. A couple of garlic joined to be part of the divine mission.


Gochujang Sloppy JoesSaute them in a little oil until soft, about 3 minutes.


Sloppy JoesPush the vegetables to one corner of the skillet and add the ground beef, seasoning with salt and pepper lightly.


tutorial-6Cook until they are browned.


Gochujang Sloppy JoesAdd gochujang and all the rest of the everyday ingredients in your kitchen!


Gochujang Sloppy JoesBring to a gentle boil…


Gochujang Sloppy Joesand simmer for 15-20 minutes so that the sauce gets thicken and all the flavor will mingle with each other. Yum! The flavor is just awesome! My kids loved it!

This is my *Korea meets America* version of a simple weeknight dinner. Pile high over your hamburger bun and dig in! A slice of cheese would add nice touch, too. You will eventually need a folk and some napkins to finish it up, though. Because…, after all, it is SLOPPY!! Sorry, Joe!


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Gochujang Sloppy Joes

Gochujang Sloppy Joes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: about 4

Gochujang Sloppy Joes


  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Chop the onion, green pepper, celery, and garlic. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat, then add the Holy Trinity of vegetables - onion, green pepper and celery. Saute them until slightly soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook 1 more minute.
  2. Slide the vegetables to one side of the skillet. Drizzle the remaining oil onto the skillet and add the ground beef. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top and let the beef sizzle for 1 minute. Stir the beef to brown thoroughly. When the beef is cooked mix with vegetables.
  3. Add tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar and cider vinegar. Stir well and bring to gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low and let the whole thing simmer for 20-25 minutes, uncovered.
  4. The sauce will thicken as it simmers but should be moist without being dry. Adjust the heat accordingly.
  5. Serve these mouth-watering Sloppy Joes over hamburger buns and savor the East-meets-West version of an all-American classic every single bite. Enjoy!

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    • 2


      Hi Jeanne
      Thanks always for your support. I love trying Korean ingredient in western dishes. This was quite nice and my whole family loved it. Hope you can give it a try soon!

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      I don’t make sloppy Joes often either. It was fun to add ordinary ingredient to see how it will taste, and it was successful for me.

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    Mirtha says

    thank you! perfect timing (in me reading your post). Last night I made hamburgers, but it’s just my son and I, so I only used half of the package of ground meat. Now I know what I’m doing with the other half!

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    Ulverinna says

    I just love your blog, always new and interesting ideas. I’ve never been to Korea and only once had the chance to even visit a Korean restaurant (I think there is only one in the whole country of Finland), but this blog means I get to try a lot of new, interesting tastes.

    These I will eat soon. Like, really soon. 5-minutes-from-now soon, when the sauce is done. Yum!

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    Kayla says


    I made this yesterday for my husband and children and the first words my husband said after the first bite was “You have to make these everyday!” I absolutely love this recipe! Thank you so very much for sharing!

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      Hi Kayla
      SO happy to hear that your family loved this recipe. It is so tasty to add Korean gochujang to American classic, and my family loves it very much, too.

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    Ally says

    Howdy Holly! I stumbled upon this recipe last week. I made the sloppy joes for dinner one night, and a few days later, I used the leftovers to make tostadas with a little sriracha/mayo swirl on top. My family totally loved both meals! Thank you for sharing this recipe! You rock!

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