Isabelle Boucher

Peanut Butter Satay Sloppy Joes

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I’ve always had a soft spot for recipes with funny names – blueberry grunt, spotted dick, toad in the hole, scrapple, and yes, sloppy joes. I think it’s because they appeal to my inner six-year-old.

Here, I’ve updated this childhood classic with a classic Thai-style satay sauce spiked with red curry paste. While it’s definitely way more stylish than anything your school cafeteria could ever have dished out, it’s still just as comforting and satisfying as the original.

Not a fan of spice? Use Smooth Operator or Crunch Time instead of The Heat is On for a toned-down (but equally delicious) version.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Peanut Butter Satay Sloppy Joes


Ingredients coconut milk peanut butter lime juice curry paste onion garlic beef

1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup The Heat Is On peanut butter
1/2 cup beef broth or water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 cup finely diced red onion
1 large clove garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 pounds lean ground beef
6 large hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
Chopped cilantro, for garnish
Thinly sliced green onions, for garnish


1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together coconut milk, The Heat Is On peanut butter, beef broth, lime juice, brown sugar, curry paste and fish sauce until smooth and evenly combined. Set aside.

Stir in the stir fry sauce, and cook for about 5-10 minutes longer, or or until sauce thickens up.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together coconut milk, The Heat Is On peanut butter, beef broth, lime juice, brown sugar, curry paste and fish sauce until smooth and evenly combined

2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté onion in canola oil for 5 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Add garlic and ginger, and continue cooking for 2 minutes longer, or until garlic is soft.

3. Add beef and cook 5-7 minutes or until cooked through, breaking up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Stir in the stir fry sauce, and cook for about 5-10 minutes longer, or or until sauce thickens up. Remove from heat.

Stir in the stir fry sauce, and cook for about 5-10 minutes longer, or or until sauce thickens up.

4. To assemble the sloppy joes, arrange bottom buns on serving plates. Spoon filling onto the buns, dividing evenly between the plates. Garnish with a sprinkle of cilantro and green onion, then finish with the top halves of the buns. Serve immediately with fresh cucumber salad or Asian-style coleslaw.


Isabelle mentions her affinity for recipes with funny names like sloppy joes, blueberry grunt, spotted dick, toad in the hole, and scrapple. What’s your favorite dish with a fun name?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of The Heat Is On, the peanut butter used in this recipe.


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32 Responses to Peanut Butter Satay Sloppy Joes

  1. Rana Abu-Sbaih says:

    Fool, also spelled Foul. A delicious Arabic food made from mashed Fava beans. Some countries do it with garlic lemon and tahini, and others with cooked onions and tomatoes with a little spice and olive oil.

  2. Jessica says:

    Dump cake. It’s named because you just dump the ingredients together, but it sounds funny and tastes delicious 🙂

  3. heta s says:

    what Minnesota is famous for- Cheese curds:)

  4. Lee says:

    Fish Sticks and Chicken Fingers… boring, maybe, but have you ever seen a chicken with fingers?

  5. Alyssa Christianson says:

    Barfi (or burfi) haha it’s an Indian dessert made from condensed milk and sugar that’s kind of like nougat or fudge. I didn’t think I’d like anything with the word “barf” in it but I love these!

  6. Andrea Vesper says:

    Don’t want to be totally inappropriate but S*#T on a shingle. The name grossed me out but I love the cornbeef on toast my mom used to make for us.

  7. Tori L says:

    Dumplings is definitely a food name that I get entertained with.

  8. Jessica says:

    Hmm.. idk, I think the word goulash is funny.. not my favorite dish but fun to say!

  9. Linda M says:

    Weird but biscuits crack me up because my niece was always told to “sit on your biscuits” when her parents wanted her to sit down, so now I have this visual.

  10. tina page says:

    pho (pronounced fu) like “what the pho?!?!?”

  11. Sara S says:

    I like the term golumpki– Polish stuffed cabbage rolls. Super yummy!

  12. Sand says:

    Ropa vieja, “old clothes!” It makes no sense!

  13. Meaghan N says:

    Ants on a log!

  14. Eric Black says:

    Dirt cake! Looks like dirt from crushed oreos on the top and you throw in gummy worms to make it look even more like dirt. Peanut butter dirt cake would be fantastic!

  15. kath g says:

    Whoopie Pie…….so what flavor is whoopie? not very descriptive if you don’t know what a whoopie pie is.

  16. Susan S says:

    Rangutan cookies
    When my son was little he called Meringues (Forgotten Cookies recipe) rangutans as in orangutans. It made me quite sad when in fifth grade he realized the correct name for the cookie.

  17. Lori says:


  18. Amanda J says:

    I used to make a dish called dirty logs which was basically large tube pasta with ground turkey, black olives and a bunch of olive oil and cheese (ricotta or cheddar) and black pepper

  19. Amy P says:

    I think shoo-fly pie is a rather funny name!

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