Ok so there are more things in our sloppy lentil joes than our popular Sloppy Joe 3 Ingredients but a great vegetarian option. An easy 30 minute meal with a rich tomato sauce you can make spicy or mild. Family friendly and a cheap dinner idea.
If you have kids you should make lentil joes as mini loose meat sliders with little buns! There are many options for serving once made. With guests over you can double it and keep warm in a slow cooker too. A hearty option without ground beef we love. (post may contain affiliate links present)
Lentil Sloppy Joes
This one uses green lentils. You could make this with our Red Lentils Instant Pot. Once tender using these instructions, drain, then set to saute function to add other ingredients and then combine everything together at the end to enjoy the same way. We used the stovetop this go around but love giving alternative options.
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You can serve these on little Hawaiian rolls like little “cute” burgers, as a stew or as Texas Toast Sloppy Joes! I mean the latter may be my very favorite if I have a box of this ready made garlic bread in the freezer. Adding even more flavor to the dish with less bread served open faced is a killer dinner.
Sloppy Joes with Lentils
Timing for this vegan sloppy joes recipe is based on the green variety, which takes about the same time as brown too. We did share here How Long to Cook Lentils on Stove here which covers all of the varieties in case you want to use black or red instead.
You’ll start with boiling them to tender, drain and incorporate at the end once they’re tender to your liking. You will need;
- 1 c green lentils + water or broth to boil them
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Onion diced
- Bell pepper green, diced
- Minced garlic
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- Salt and pepper
- Tomato sauce
- Dijon mustard
- Brown sugar or a bit of maple syrup could be used
If you want traditional flavors you would typically use with ground beef you could use our Not So Sloppy Joe Sauce instead of the one below which is more tomato sauce based than with ketchup. And if you want hamburger buns for serving then you would need some of those.
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
This is kinda’ a thicker version of our Lentil Stew Recipe which many times we will make in a slow cooker which you could do for this one too if you wanted to.
- Rinse lentils and add into a saucepan or pot and cover with water, making sure water is at least 2″ above them.
- Heat over medium high heat and bring to a boil.
- Cover and reduce heat to simmer.
- Cook for about 25 minutes or until they are tender to your liking, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse.
- Add the onions, bell pepper, olive oil, and garlic to a skillet and heat over medium high heat until onions are translucent and green peppers are tender.
- Add chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
- Stir in tomato sauce, mustard and brown sugar and mix well.
- Add the lentils you boiled and heat over medium low heat until heated through, hot, and excess liquid has set and thickened.
Sloppy Joes on Stove
I would toast the buns so they don’t get soggy. Use a spoon to scoop the sloppy joe mixture up and set on buns or on top of toast for open faced style. You can certainly use gluten free products to make this as a hearty meal quite easily. Leftovers save well after cooling in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Jump to recipe and get started friends!!
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Sloppy Lentil Joes
- 1 pot
- Rinse lentils and add into a saucepan or pot and cover with water, making sure water is at least 2" above lentils. Heat over medium high heat boiling. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for about 25 minutes, stirring at least once, or until lentils are tender to your liking. Drain in a fine mesh strainer.
- Add oil, onion, green pepper and garlic to a skillet and heat over medium high heat until onions are translucent and green peppers are tender. Add chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
- Stir in tomato sauce, mustard and brown sugar and mix well. Add cooked and drained lentils and heat over medium low heat until heated through and hot.
- Serve on buns sloppy joe style.