Lentil Sloppy Joes

Ann Dunaway Teh
Lentil Sloppy Joe's - a family favorite
Lentil Sloppy Joe's - a family favorite

Lentil Sloppy Joes

Using lentils in place of beef in sloppy joes is a great way to get more plant-based nutrition in your diet and you won't even notice the difference.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Vegetarian & Vegan
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 289 kcal


  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper diced
  • 1 tsp garlic minced (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 cup lentils rinsed and picked over
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce no-salt added
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste no-salt added
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 4 hamburger buns whole wheat


  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a stockpot. Add the onion and green pepper. Sauté about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for 1 minute. Add the lentils and water. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer about 20 minutes or until lentils are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add chili powder, oregano, tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the salt, maple syrup and mustard and heat through. Turn the heat off, cover and let sit for about 10 minutes before scooping on a bun and serving.https://www.bobsredmill.com/


Chef’s Notes:
  • If you have leftover tomato paste, scoop into 1 tablespoon heaps on wax paper and put in freezer. Once frozen, remove from paper and put in a freezer safe bag and store in freezer for whenever you need a small amount.
  • This is an easy recipe to make in two batches and freeze for use on those super busy nights.
Nutrition Nugget: According to Bob’s Red Mill, lentils are one of the oldest cultivated legumes and have been around since 8,000BC! They are a nutrition all-star because they are packed with fiber and even contain a steak’s worth of protein in one serving. Lentils are also loaded with folate, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Overall, they are a wonderful meat substitute that can be used in soups, stews, and many more dishes.
Adapted from: http://www.theppk.com/2009/11/snobby-joes/


Calories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 13gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 440mgFiber: 13gSugar: 9g
Keyword lentils, sloppy joe
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