Vegan Sloppy Joes

Source Minimalist Baker
RatingDifficultyBeginner

Hearty, flavorful Vegan Sloppy Joes made with fresh, simple ingredients, naturally sweetened, and they require just 30 minutes! Savory, smoky, perfectly sweet - a delicious plant-based meal!

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Yields4 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time25 minsTotal Time30 mins

Lentils
 2 cups water (or 1/2 water and 1/2 vegetable broth)
 1 cup green lentils
Sloppy Joes
 2 tbsp olive oil
 ½ medium onion, minced
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 ½ red or green bell pepper, diced
 Salt and pepper to taste
 15 oz can tomato sauce
 1 tbsp sugar
 2 tsp chili powder
 1 tsp ground cumin
 1 pinch paprika
For Serving
 hamburger buns

1

To a small saucepan, add liquid (I used 1 cup water, 1 cup vegetable broth for added flavor // amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and rinsed lentils and heat over medium-high heat.

2

Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 18 minutes, or until tender. The water should have a constant simmer (not boil). Drain off any excess liquid and set aside.

3

In the meantime, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Season with a pinch each salt and pepper and stir to combine.

4

Sautè for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the peppers and onions are tender and slightly browned.

5

Next add tomato sauce, coconut sugar, vegan worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, and paprika (optional). Stir to combine.

6

Once the lentils are cooked, add them to the skillet as well, and stir to combine.

7

Continue cooking the mixture over medium-low heat until completely warmed through and thick, stirring occasionally - about 5-10 minutes.

8

Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more chili powder and/or cumin for smokiness, salt for saltiness, coconut sugar for sweetness, or worcestershire for depth of flavor.

9

Serve the mixture on toasted buns with sliced onion. Best when fresh, though leftover sloppy joe mixture will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave, or on the stovetop, adding water if the mixture has dried out.

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Ingredients

Lentils
 2 cups water (or 1/2 water and 1/2 vegetable broth)
 1 cup green lentils
Sloppy Joes
 2 tbsp olive oil
 ½ medium onion, minced
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 ½ red or green bell pepper, diced
 Salt and pepper to taste
 15 oz can tomato sauce
 1 tbsp sugar
 2 tsp chili powder
 1 tsp ground cumin
 1 pinch paprika
For Serving
 hamburger buns

Directions

1

To a small saucepan, add liquid (I used 1 cup water, 1 cup vegetable broth for added flavor // amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and rinsed lentils and heat over medium-high heat.

2

Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 18 minutes, or until tender. The water should have a constant simmer (not boil). Drain off any excess liquid and set aside.

3

In the meantime, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Season with a pinch each salt and pepper and stir to combine.

4

Sautè for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the peppers and onions are tender and slightly browned.

5

Next add tomato sauce, coconut sugar, vegan worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, and paprika (optional). Stir to combine.

6

Once the lentils are cooked, add them to the skillet as well, and stir to combine.

7

Continue cooking the mixture over medium-low heat until completely warmed through and thick, stirring occasionally - about 5-10 minutes.

8

Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more chili powder and/or cumin for smokiness, salt for saltiness, coconut sugar for sweetness, or worcestershire for depth of flavor.

9

Serve the mixture on toasted buns with sliced onion. Best when fresh, though leftover sloppy joe mixture will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave, or on the stovetop, adding water if the mixture has dried out.

Vegan Sloppy Joes