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Lentil Sloppy Joes

When I experimented with making more vegetarian-friendly recipes, this was one of my biggest hits—we still eat it weekly! My preschooler will always eat every bite of these tangy lentil joes. —Christina Rock, Covington, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-1/2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed
  • 5 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 14 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, peppers and carrot; cook and stir until crisp-tender, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Add broth and lentils; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until lentils are tender, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, honey, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve on buns.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 215 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 438mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 7g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • J
    Jun 14, 2020

    Very good,flavorful. Agree do not taste like sloppy joes but good on their own

  • destinyworks
    Aug 20, 2019

    These are nothing like sloppy joes, but are marvelous served in a bowl on their own. Based on other reviews, I chopped veggies more coarsely. Also froze half of it and pulled out a month later for dinner - still completely delicious!

  • curlylis85
    Apr 15, 2019

    These were a hit with all three of my kids! They really do taste a lot like normal sloppy joes so they're a great vegetarian substitute for that. My daughter hates tomatoes and didn't realize they were there because she liked the sandwich so much!

  • maryannet
    Feb 21, 2019

    tastes good, a little too sloppy. Next time I will cook and drain the lentils then add the rest of the ingredients. I left out the peppers and added baby greens. This would be easy to make in a instapot multi-cooker.

  • ReneeMurby
    Feb 18, 2019

    Nice bite and sloppy too! We loved the spicy seasoning. Great way to eat lentils.

  • sljkml37
    Feb 4, 2019

    Really liked the flavor and so did my husband. We had to erase our expectations of it tasting like regular sloppy joes. The lentils did take longer to cook than 15 minutes - more like 25. Do not be tempted to add more liquid like I did because they were not soft after 15 minutes and I was afraid they would stick. They ended up way too sloppy and I had to cook them down a lot after they were done. Another mistake I made was chopping everything too fine. It did not turn out like the picture. It had the consistency of thick spaghetti sauce. I would definitely chop the tomatoes bigger. I followed the recipe exactly but it took a lot longer for me that the recipe stated. Would make again.

  • Lisa
    Dec 13, 2018

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