Andie's Quick 'n Easy Sneaky Sloppy Joes


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!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
46 mins
Total Time:
56 mins
8 servings


  • 1 cup lentils

  • 2 onions, diced

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced

  • ¾ cup ketchup

  • ¾ cup barbeque sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

280 Calories
7g Fat
36g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 572mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 26mg 130%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 637mg 14%

* 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.