Lentil sloppy joes

Lentil Sloppy Joe



Sloppy joes are a perfect comfort food: they’re hearty and can be eaten with your hands. What more could you want? These sloppy joes are made with lentils, making them perfect for vegetarians and vegans. They’re high in protein, low in fat, and are extremely filling. If you aren’t ready for a totally meatless experience, reduce the amount of lentils by half and add a quarter pound of ground beef.

Lentil Sloppy Joes


  • 1/2 c. uncooked lentils
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste*
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. yellow mustard


  1. Put lentils in a small pot and add water. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until lentils are tender. Drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic until onions are soft. Add cooked lentils, chili powder, oregano, salt, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Mix well, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add brown sugar and mustard and stir well to combine. Remove from heat and allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes so flavors can blend. Serve on hamburger buns or your favorite roll.

*Tomato paste can be found in resealable tubes at most grocery stores. (If it’s in Oklahoma, surely it’s everywhere.) You can also find it online at Amazon: Amore Tomato Paste.