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Vegan Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Myles
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Using green or brown lentils as the base, your family will surely love this savory Vegan Sloppy Joe recipe.



2 c. lentils (green or brown)

1-quart vegetable broth

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 c. and 2 tbsp. organic ketchup

2 tbsp. and 1 tsp. vegan Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. salt

3/4 c. green bell pepper (diced)

4 garlic cloves

1 c. onion (diced)

1 tsp. mustard powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. chili powder

hot sauce to taste

For serving:

pickled onions

bread and butter pickles

8 whole-wheat buns (vegan)


  1. Put the lentils in a large saucepan along with 3 cups of vegetable broth, 2 cups of water, and 1/2 tsp. of salt. Once it starts to simmer, reduce the heat, and uncover for about 25 minutes until the lentils are tender enough. Drain the liquid once cooked.
  2. While cooking the lentils, start making the sauce. Dice the green pepper as well as the onion. Mince the garlic, too.
  3. Using a separate saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, followed by the vegetable broth, a cup of organic ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in the mustard, chili, and onion powder as well. Let it simmer until the sauce gets thick.
  4. Add the cooked lentils to the sauce and cook for another 5 minutes on low heat.
  5. Remove from heat and add the remaining ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and salt.
  6. Serve on toasted buns with pickles and pickled onions.


  • Make sure not to overcook the lentils. You can start checking it in 10 or 15 minutes after you uncover it.
  • Be careful when buying ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Be sure that they are vegan/organic.
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Cuisine: American
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