I cobbled this recipe together from a myriad of online recipes. I couldn't find a more veggie-friendly option, and had BBQ sauce in the fridge. This is a kiddo and grandkid-friendly recipe you can whip up for an in-a-pinch meal... or add it to your regular menu rotation and get those veggies in without a struggle!



Recipe Summary

10 mins
46 mins
56 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place lentils in a small pot and cover with 2 cups hot water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain.

  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add ground beef and green bell pepper; cook and stir until browned, about 8 minutes.

  • Stir drained lentils, ketchup, barbeque sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and minced garlic into the skillet. Reduce heat to low and simmer until flavors combine and mixture thickens to desired consistency, 15 to 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Use homemade or store-bought barbeque sauce.

Nutrition Facts

280 calories; protein 18.2g; carbohydrates 35.6g; fat 7.4g; cholesterol 37.2mg; sodium 572.3mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Rating: 5 stars
A perfect recipe! This is delicious. I used Jack Daniel's Habanero BBQ. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
A perfect recipe! This is delicious. I used Jack Daniel's Habanero BBQ. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Will make again. Added jalapeno. Served over nacho chips with cheddar cheese Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This sounds good but when I first read the description that included 'vegetable protein' I thought it would include some TVP textured vegetable protein. I think I'll try it without the ground beef and make it a vegetarian meal. There is a Morning Star Farms TVP that has chipotle flavor which I think would be terrific. Let me know if any of you try that! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
It's all right but not as good as a real sloppy joe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I love the flavor of this recipe and will most likely use it again. I would probably half the lentils and add more ground beef. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this recipe just as written for Superbowl Sunday! It was great!!! I will definitely make it again and again! The less meat we eat, the more food there is worldwide for those in hunger. We feed animals 7 times the grain it takes for their meat. That is a waste of our resources. That grain could feed millions of people living in poverty and starvation. I'm thinking of making this with the lentils (doubled) only and no hamburger. I think it will taste just as good!!! Sorry no picture! We ate it all before I got the chance! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I liked it. The only thing I changed was I seasoned my onions, peppers, and beef with salt and black pepper. It is not something I would make again but it was a good meal. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 4 stars
I added more onions and used chicken stock to cook the lentils Read More