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Veggie Lentil Sloppy Joes

Easy, filling, and inexpensive, these Veggie Lentil Sloppy Joes are a quick meal that reheats well for lunch the next day or two.

Veggie Sloppy Joes

We love these sloppy Joes because they’re…

  • Super filling
  • Loaded with veggies
  • Wholesome
  • Smokey
  • Packed with nutrients
  • Can even be made in a crockpot
  • Simply delicious!

Just recently, in one of my Food for Life classes, a new friend told me that she tried these Sloppy Joe’s and was surprised that she loved them. It reminded me that we love them at my house too.

Ingredients in lentil sloppy joes

Sloppy Joe ingredients are simple and wholesome and include:

  • lentils
  • bulgur
  • tomato sauce
  • tomato paste
  • balsamic vinegar
  • garlic powder and other spices

Other fresh ingredients in these sloppy Joes include onion, celery, and red bell pepper.

vegan lentil sloppy joes. chopped veggies
Red bell peppers, celery, and onion add flavor to this recipe.

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

How to make lentil sloppy joes

In a large cooking pot, saute diced onion, celery, and red bell peppers in veggie broth approximately 5 minutes.

diced veggies in pan

Add cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt.

Then add lentils, bulgur, water, tomato sauce, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, and Hoisin sauce. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.

Lentil Sloppy Joes ingredients

Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and cook uncovered about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Lentil Sloppy Joes cooking in pot

Taste lentils to make sure they are tender.

Tips and suggestions

Make sure lentils are cooked well but not overdone to become mushy.

Serve on whole-grain buns with favorite toppings. Suggestions– lettuce, spinach, onions, relish, pickles, coleslaw, anything goes!

To make this in a crockpot, simply add all ingredients to a large cooker and allow to cook on low for 3-4 hours. I completely skip sauteing the onion, celery, and bell peppers because they have plenty of time to bring out their delicious flavors in the slow cooker.

Sloppy Joes are so easy to make and will fill you up for hours because they are loaded with fiber.

Legumes like lentils are not only a cheap source of protein, but are also fat-free, high in fiber and rich in a number of essential nutrients.

Adding lentils to your diet offers a number of health benefits, from helping you control your weight to promoting heart health.

Eating more high-fiber foods like lentils not only helps you meet your daily needs, but might also help you better manage your weight.

Fiber in foods helps suppress appetite, and eating an extra 14 grams of fiber a day may help you decrease your caloric intake by 10 percent, according to a 2001 article in “Nutrition Review.”–LiveStrong

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What is bulgur?

In addition to the protein-packed lentils, this recipe also uses bulgur.

Bulgur is a whole wheat grain that is cooked exactly like rice in about 15 minutes. (Follow package directions).

cooked bulgur in pan on wooden table

I like to make a big batch of it and store in the freezer to use in recipes like tacos, stews, chili beans, etc. because bulgur adds a ground beef texture and soaks up flavors of dish you’re preparing.

Serving suggestions

Serve on whole grain buns with favorite toppings. Suggestions– lettuce, spinach, onions, relish, pickles, cole slaw, anything goes!

lentil sloppy joes with pickle relish
We love our sloppy joes with pickle relish, onions, and spinach.

I think it’s time for some Sloppy Joe’s!

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Lentil Sloppy Joes

Veggie Sloppy Joes | Lentils

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Easy, filling, and inexpensive, these lentil sloppy Joes are a quick meal that reheats well for lunch the next day or two.

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbps veggie broth
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup lentils, I used red lentils but any will work fine
  • 1 cup dry bulgur wheat
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 4 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp Hoisin sauce, Found in Asian section of most grocery stores
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a large cooking pot, saute diced onion, celery, and red bell peppers in veggie broth approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  3. Then add lentils, bulgur, water, tomato sauce, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, and Hoisin sauce. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and cook uncovered about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Taste lentils to make sure they are tender. Serve on whole-grain buns with favorite toppings. Suggestions-- lettuce, spinach, onions, relish, pickles, coleslaw, anything goes!
  6. To make this in a crockpot, simply add all ingredients to a large cooker and allow to cook on low for 3-4 hours. I completely skip sauteing the onion, celery, and bell peppers because they have plenty of time to bring out their delicious flavors in the slow cooker.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 2gCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 13gSugar: 12gProtein: 12g

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Mairby

Tuesday 24th of September 2019

Do you have any more suggestions for lentils?

Someone blessed me with 3 pkg so want to find some more recipes I can use them with.

Terri Edwards

Tuesday 24th of September 2019

Shepherds Pie is another delicious lentil recipe. It's great anytime and is especially popular around the holidays. Maybe give it a try, and I would love to know what you think about it. https://eatplant-based.com/lentil-shepherds-pie/

Mairby

Tuesday 24th of September 2019

I made this for my family, adding the BBQ sauce was the best. I had tried making some along time ago but didn't think to add the BBQ. This is so easy to put in the crockpot and I like the Hoisin Sauce too. Thank you for such an easy and quick meal.

Terri Edwards

Tuesday 24th of September 2019

Hi Mairby, I am so glad you like the lentil sloppy joes. They really are so easy to make, and I've found that even non-plant-based people enjoy them. Thanks so much for letting me know!