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Plant-Based Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Elena
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A great plant-based alternative to sloppy joes. Loaded with veggies, lentils and that one of a kind homemade sloppy joe sauce.


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 oz of bella mushrooms chopped
  • 8 oz of red lentils (we used Goya brand)
  • 2 cups of mushroom stock
  • 6 oz of tomato paste
  • 4 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons of liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 4 teaspoons of brown mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Your favorite hamburger buns
  • Optional : a slice of cheese or coleslaw


  1. Make 1 cup and a half of red lentils according to directions.
  2. Instead of water for the lentils use 2 cups of mushroom stock.
  3. Heat the lentils and mushroom stock to a boil and then cover and lower to a low simmer.
  4. When lentils are completely cooked (approximately 9 minutes) set aside.
  5. In a large skillet cook chopped carrots, onion, and green pepper for about 15 to 20 minutes until onions look translucent and carrots are soft.
  6. Add chopped mushroom and cook until mushroom change color and begin to darken.
  7. Add cooked lentils to the pan.
  8. In a small bowl mix together tomato paste, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos, brown mustard and cayenne pepper.
  9. Pour the sauce into skillet and mix well.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Toast hamburger buns on a clean skillet using a little butter or a small amount of oil.
  12. Optional: Add American cheese or in my case vegan American cheese.


I enjoy pre-chopping all the veggies and setting them aside until I’m ready to make the entire dish.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American