Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes


Vegetarian-friendly recipe for lentil Sloppy Joes, great for piling on buns.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
6 servings


  • 1 large sweet onion, roughly chopped

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, roughly chopped

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, roughly chopped

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium carrot, shredded

  • 1 small zucchini, shredded

  • 2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 cup dry red lentils, rinsed and drained

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 2 teaspoons vegan Worcestershire sauce

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 6 large hamburger buns, split


  1. Combine onion and both bell peppers in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until blended into a uniform size but not liquid.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion-bell pepper mixture, carrot, and zucchini. Cook and stir until soft and heated through, 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Add broth and lentils; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender, about 15 minutes.

  4. Stir in tomatoes, chili powder, mustard, vinegar, maple syrup, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve on buns.

Cook's Note:

You can use tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
8g Fat
76g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 847mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 59mg 295%
Calcium 200mg 15%
Iron 8mg 46%
Potassium 838mg 18%

* 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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