Vegan Sloppy Joes

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a family favorite around here, so I couldn’t let a month of vegan meals pass without creating a vegan version of my homemade Sloppy Joe recipe.  The funny thing about Sloppy Joes is that even most of the canned sauces are already vegan, so technically, this could be a two ingredient recipe, but since we’re trying to challenge ourselves this month, I decided that we would make our own sauce. 

Vegan Sloppy JoesOne of the challenges with making a homemade Sloppy Joe sauce was that I always use Worcestershire sauce in the recipe, fortunately for me, I discovered Annie’s Naturals Organic Worcestershire sauce.    It turned out to be a complete life saver, not only for this recipe, but for others as well.  A little Worcestershire sauce can add an extra depth of flavor to recipes.

I opted to use frozen vegan beef crumbles in this recipe because I live in a house of carnivores who only reluctantly agreed to this month of vegan recipes.  I have to keep them happy.  For this recipe, I selected the Boca brand. Vegan Sloppy Joes I have used their products before, and we have always enjoyed them.  I know I could have made my own “meat”, but since I work full time outside of the house, I need all of the shortcuts that I can get my hands on to get dinner on the table at night.   If you prefer, two cups of cooked brown lentils can be used in place of the “beef crumbles”  Just be careful not to overcook the lentils.

These Sloppy Joes were a success.  Everyone liked them, including a friend who shared them with me the next day.Vegan Sloppy Joes

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Vegan Sloppy Joes
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 8
This is a very flavorful recipe for homemade Sloppy Joes that just happen to be vegan. Cook's Note: You can substitute 2 cups of cooked lentils for the frozen "beef" crumbles in this recipe. If you use lentils, I don't recommend pureeing the vegetable mixture. The veggies add extra texture. Just add the cooked lentils at the point where the beef crumbles would have been added. The total cost of this recipe is $6.76 or about 85 cents per serving.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil ($0.28)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped ($0.14)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped ($0.16)
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (I used a red one) ($0.48)
  • ¼ cup vegan Worcestershire sauce ($1.11)
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce ($0.34)
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar ($0.12)
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar ($0.12)
  • ½ cup ketchup ($0.44)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (optional) ($0.02)
  • 1 (12 ounce) package of frozen vegan "meat" crumbles ($3.59)
  • 8 hamburger buns ($0.96)
  1. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet.
  2. Add onions, garlic, and bell pepper to the skillet and saute over medium heat and cook until vegetables are soft.
  3. Add Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, and garlic powder (if you are using it).
  4. OPTIONAL STEP: If your children don't like the veggies in their sloppy joes, carefully blend the vegetables using an immersion blender at this point.
  5. Add frozen "beef" crumbles to the skillet, mix well, and bring to a boil.
  6. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes
  7. Serve on buns.

Vegan Sloppy Joes--vegan ground "beef" crumbles are added to a flavorful homemade sauce. This is a definite family pleasing recipe.

Nutrition information is for one hamburger bun topped with 1/8th of the above recipe prepared as written.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5.9g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 839mg
Total Carbohydrates 38.6g
Dietary Fiber 4.2g
Sugars 13.5g
Protein 14.8g
Vitamin D 0%
Potassium 5%
Calcium 9%
Iron 18%

3 thoughts on “Vegan Sloppy Joes

  1. Looks delicious! I think sometimes the vegans I know do miss a good Sloppy Joe. This one would fit the bill for sure.

    1. I’ve seen a couple of vegan recipes for lentil Sloppy Joes, but I wanted to try something different. It made my carnivorous husband happy. I think this recipe is a great way to serve vegans and carnivores at the same table.

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