This classic, easy, economical recipe for Vegan Sloppy Joes relies on lentils, canned tomatoes, vegetables, and spices.
Sloppy Joes Filling:
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced (red, yellow, orange, or green)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
- 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained
- 1 tablespoon molasses (or pure maple syrup)
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 6 small whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted
- Toppings of your choice (optional): i.e., cilantro, parsley, pickles, green onions, sauerkraut, avocado, plant-based cheese, plant-based sour cream, plant-based ranch dressing
- To Make Sloppy Joes Filling: Heat olive oil in a skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. Sauté the onion, bell pepper,and garlic for 5 minutes.
- Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, and red chili flakes and sauté for another minute.
- Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, black beans, molasses (or maple syrup), and vinegar to the mixture.
- Simmer for about 15 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and the mixture is thickened.
- While the Sloppy Joes filling is cooking, toast the whole wheat buns until golden brown. Prepare toppings, as desired.
- To assemble, pour about 2/3 cup sloppy joe mixture over each bun. Garnish with toppings as desired.
- Makes about 4 cups Sloppy Joe Filling.
May substitute another type of pulse for black beans, such as kidney, pinto, lentils, or chickpeas. May serve over cooked whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa, farro, or sorghum instead of the bun.
To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free buns.
- Category: Entree
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 301
- Sugar: 11 g
- Sodium: 263 mg
- Fat: 4.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 54 g
- Fiber: 10 g
- Protein: 13 g
Keywords: sloppy joes, dinner, easy dinner, family meal