This Asian Sloppy Joe is classic comfort food with a flavorful and fun twist! It’s gluten-free, paleo, whole30 compliant, and AIP.

Asian Sloppy Joe

We all know sloppy joes. We may have a love/hate relationship with them, but we know them well. They’re classic comfort food sandwiches with a fluffy bun and ground beef cooked in a ketchup-y type sauce. They’re much more on the junk food spectrum than anything, but admit it…  you know they taste pretty good!

If you’re looking to get creative with a simple meal like a sloppy joe, this Asian Sloppy Joe is just the thing! It’s the perfect way to spice up a meal with ground beef that’s relatively cheap and accessible with different flavors. This can be eaten by itself as a more protein heavy skillet with the slaw, or it can be eaten stuffed in a sweet potato to make it a more well-rounded meal.

asian sloppy joe in sweet potato

The Ingredients You’ll Need

Ground beef

I love an easy meal that you can make with ground beef!

Tomato paste (or nomato sauce)

You can use tomato paste, or nomato sauce to make it nightshade free.

Coconut aminos

Coconut aminos is a gluten and soy free soy sauce substitute that you can buy at health food stores and online.

Coleslaw mix

You can buy a pre-made coleslaw mix or make your own. I know that there’s a lot of misconception about raw cabbage out there with thyroid issues. The Paleo Mom breaks it down in this helpful article!

Japanese Sweet Potato

I’ve been eating this sloppy joe with just the coleslaw, but you can also use it as a stuffed sweet potato recipe using a Japanese Sweet Potato. I buy these at whole foods or natural grocers.

Onion, garlic, ginger


Asian Sloppy Joe

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Asian Sloppy Joe Skillet (Whole30, Paleo, AIP)

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



For the slaw

  • 1 1/2 cup coleslaw mix
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos

For the sloppy joe

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste/nomato sauce for AIP
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (omit for whole30)
  • 23 tbsp green onion, chopped

For serving (optional)


For the slaw

  1. Combine all of the ingredients a small bowl and mix well until combined. Season further to taste and set aside.

For the sloppy joe

  1. Using a large skillet, add the chopped onion, ground beef, and salt and saute on medium heat. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the ground beef into small crumbles. Stir until browned. Remove from heat and drain the majority of the fat from the pan.
  2. Season with garlic and ginger and stir in the remainder of the ingredients (reserving the green onion). Reduce heat to a low simmer and simmer for 6-8 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.
  3. Top with green onion and slaw. Serve by itself, or stuffed inside a sweet potato.


All nutrition facts are estimations and will vary. Nutrition facts do not include optional sweet potato.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 247
  • Fat: 7.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 28.9g

Asian Sloppy Joe