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Lentil Sloppy Joes (Vegan)

Lentil Sloppy Joes are the gluten-free, vegan Sloppy Joe recipe that is perfect for a weeknight dinner. If you've been craving Sloppy Joes on a vegetarian diet, then this is the recipe for you!
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup green lentils , well rinsed and picked through
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 1 green bell pepper , diced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar , packed
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


  • Add vegetable broth and lentils to a medium sized pot and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low, and cook uncovered, for 18-20 minutes until tender then remove from heat and drain.
  • Add vegetable oil, onions and bell pepper to a large skillet on medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 minutes, until translucent.
  • Add in garlic, salt and pepper and stir well, cooking for 1 minute until garlic is fragrant.
  • Add in tomato sauce, tomato paste and water, whisk well until the tomato paste is fully combined.
  • Add in the dark brown sugar, cayenne pepper, ground mustard and paprika and stir to combine.
  • Add the lentils into the skillet, stir and cook for 6-8 minutes until the sauce is thickened and the lentils are well coated.


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 597mg | Potassium: 438mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Lentil Sloppy Joes