Super Yummy Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

January 24, 2021
1 Ratings
Photo by nicolelupu
  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Meatless comfort food filled with plant protein and fiber. —nicolelupu

What You'll Need
  • Sloppy Joe Ingredients
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 2-3 carrots (rinsed and finely diced)
  • 3/4 cup yellow onion (diced)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 6 Brioche Rolls (split)
  • Ingredients for the Slaw
  • 1 packet Coleslaw mix
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  1. Pick through 1 cup of lentils then rinse and drain and add to a saucepan with 3 cups water. Bring to boil, then cover and simmer for 15-20 mins.
  2. Make your slaw by adding the slaw mix, oil, vinegar and honey to a small bowl and toss to combine. Store in the fridge while you prep the rest of the meal.
  3. Dice your carrots and onion and gather your spices and condiments.
  4. Add the olive oil to your pan and toss in the onions and carrots and sauté until tender 10-15 mins while your lentils finish cooking.
  5. When the lentils are done, rinse thoroughly to stop the cooking process and transfer to the bowl of your food processor and give the lentils 5-6 pules to slightly break apart the disc shapes.
  6. Add the lentils to the pan with the softened onions and carrots and add in the tomato sauce, ketchup, garlic powder, chili powder, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Continue to cook the lentil and veggie mixture another 5 mins to bring all the flavors together. When ready to serve add a heaping portion on top of the sliced brioche roll and top with cold Cole slaw. Serve warm with chips or French fries if desired.

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1 Review

Justine S. April 25, 2022
It's tasty. It doesn't scream "sloppy Joe" to me, but it's a nice alternative dish when you want to make lentils but don't want to go the soup or curry route. I'm serving it over baked potatoes for dinner and as such, I found it a little dry so I added a cup + a little more water to make it a bit saucier. I upped the Worcestershire sauce because I found it a bit on the sweet side, and I also left out the chili powder because my young kiddos won't eat anything remotely spicy.