Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes
Green Lentils
Lentil Sloppy Joes
Spicy Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

If you’ve followed this site for some time, you might have noticed that I love comfort food and have turned numerous meat dishes into my favorite vegetarian dishes. These comfort foods are the ones I grew up on and the meals M still occasionally request. It’s always fun to try and recreate favorites from childhood.

I have a weakness for sloppy joes. Sloppy joes were one of the first comfort recipes I turned vegetarian by using bulgur. I felt like it was time for an update to the recipe though, to include a bit more protein. This lentil sloppy joe is easy to throw together, has a flavorful, firm texture, and is packed full of protein. I’ve also been known to smother a baked potato with the sloppy mixture (so good!)

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Spicy Lentil Vegan Sloppy Joes
Serves: 2
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ medium onion, minced
  • ¼ red or green pepper, minced
  • 1 clove garlic. minced
  • 1 ¾-2 cups water
  • ½ cup strained tomatoes
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon vegan worcestershire sauce (like Annie's)
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup green lentils
  1. In a large skillet or pot, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add minced onions, pepper, and garlic. Cook until onions and peppers are soft and fragrant, 6-8 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and let cook until lentils are tender but not breaking down, 25-30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings while cooking.
  2. Serve on a bun or toasted bread.