Vegetarian Sloppy Joes


This is a combination of many recipes and experimentation. It has gotten the thumbs-up from all who have tried it so far. It can also be made with TVP, ground turkey, or even ground beef instead of tempeh.

close up view of Vegetarian Sloppy Joes in a hot dog bun
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 sandwiches


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • ½ cup minced onion

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages tempeh

  • ½ cup minced green bell pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon vegetarian Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon celery seed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon oregano

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • hamburger buns


  1. Heat oil in a deep, 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the onion in the oil until translucent. Crumble the tempeh into the skillet; cook and stir until golden brown. Add the green pepper and garlic; cook another 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Stir in the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, molasses, cayenne pepper, celery seed, cumin, salt, coriander, thyme, oregano, paprika, and black pepper; stir. Simmer another 10 to 15 minutes. Spoon hot onto hamburger buns to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

384 Calories
20g Fat
37g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 384
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Sodium 425mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 12mg 62%
Calcium 155mg 12%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 484mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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