Vegan Sloppy Joes

If you’re looking for a hearty, flavorful, and easy-to-make meal, these Vegan Sloppy Joes are perfect! Made with simple ingredients, this plant-based version of the classic comfort food is sure to be a hit. It’s a crowd-pleaser that is perfect for weeknight dinners or casual gatherings.

Why You’ll Love This Vegan Sloppy Joes

  • Flavorful: These Sloppy Joes are flavorful, packed with spices and a rich tomato sauce.
  • Healthy: Made with wholesome, plant-based ingredients.
  • Easy to Make: Simple steps make this recipe perfect for any skill level.
  • Versatile: This can be customized to your taste preferences.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup lentils, cooked
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 whole grain burger buns

How to Make:

  1. Prep the Ingredients: Finely chop the onion and bell pepper. Mince the garlic.
  2. Cook the Veggies: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper, cooking until soft (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the Lentils: Stir in the cooked lentils, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Mix well.
  4. Season: Add the soy sauce, maple syrup, smoked paprika, chili powder, and cumin. Stir to combine and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve: Spoon the lentil mixture onto the burger buns and serve warm.

Variations and Tips:

  • Beans Substitute: Use black beans or chickpeas instead of lentils for a different texture.
  • Spicy Version: Add a dash of hot sauce or a finely chopped jalapeño for extra heat.
  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free buns to make this recipe gluten-free.
  • Storage Tip: The filling can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving.

How to Store Vegan Sloppy Joes:

Store any leftover lentil mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet over medium heat or the microwave until warm. The mixture can also be frozen for up to 1 month; thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Recipe by Rose HernandezCourse: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

1

hour 

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup lentils, cooked

  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 4 whole grain burger buns

Directions

  • Prep the Ingredients: Finely chop the onion and bell pepper. Mince the garlic.
  • Cook the Veggies: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper, cooking until soft (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add the Lentils: Stir in the cooked lentils, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Mix well.
  • Season: Add the soy sauce, maple syrup, smoked paprika, chili powder, and cumin. Stir to combine and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve: Spoon the lentil mixture onto the burger buns and serve warm.

Notes

  • Enjoy your delicious and nutritious Vegan Sloppy Joes!

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