Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Red Lentil Sloppy Joes

Here is installment number two of kid-friendly meals for my newly veggie nephew. It is a marriage of my original recipe (made with tempeh) and Isa's lentil-based recipe from Veganomicon. I love this version because the red wine vinegar gives it lots of zip. Red lentils are also a great choice because they cook quickly and are pretty neutral in flavour. The trick here is to cook the lentils until they are soft enough but not too much so they go mushy.


- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 rib celery, chopped
- 1/2 green pepper, chopped
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups water (more if needed)
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (optional)
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper
- Tabasco sauce to taste

1. Heat oil in a frying pan over med-hi heat. Saute onion, celery, green pepper, and oregano for 5-7 mins, until onion is translucent and pepper has softened.
2. Add lentils and mix well. Add ketchup, 1 1/2 cups water, vinegar, Worcestershire (if using), sugar, salt and pepper, and Tabasco.
3. Bring to bubbling, then reduce heat, and cover. Cook for about 30 mins, stirring regularly, adding more water if needed until lentils are cooked but still hold their shape.
4. Serve on toasted rolls, open-faced if you want.


Keri - I Eat Trees said...

These look amazing- thanks for the recipe; I have a veg two year old who is going to love them!

Kate said...

I am so happy to see this recipe! I have a lentil taco recipe that I adore and now I'll have a lentil sloppy joe recipe to go along with it. Thanks, Vegan Dad! Can't wait to try it.

Kara Hadley said...

these look good enough to fool a meat eater. i'll have to try.

Basht said...

well now i know what i'll be making on the weekend :)

Sarah said...

I've never had sloppy joes (I don't think we have it hear in the UK) so I'm looking forward to trying this one :)

The Vegan Food Snob said...

Great idea...I try to use lentils over faux meat as often as possible. Thanks for this recipe.

Marcia said...

yum. I love veg sloppy joes. I will try this recipe for sure.

Justin Fox Burks said...

Wavelength alert: I made lentil sloppy joes last night too. Weird!

John Miedema said...

Trying it tonight. I assume you add the ketchup in Step 2 as well.

Jennifer said...

This looks tasty! What kind of vegan cheese slices did you use?

jenn said...

these sound fantastic - we are putting them on the menu next week. i can also imagine this as a substitute 'chili' topping on veggie burgers/dogs. yum!

Marlene aka LuckyDog said...

I have tried Isa's version, and although I liked it, I actually found one I like better with tvp, it's in the Urban Vegan cookbook, check it out! I can eat this stuff outta the pan with a spoon...

Sean said...

Love your blog (VeganDad),you are an inspiration to this omnivore. Regarding the Red Lentil Sloppy Joe recipe,I am a bit reluctant to use a cup of good American, high corn fructose sweetened, catsup/ketchup. Any suggestions for an alternative?

Vegan Dad said...

Use tomato sauce, or paste and water, but you might want to add some sugar and vinegar as well. See how it tastes.

Kate said...

Can't wait to try your version! I love Isa's version but I am always tweaking it in someway-- maybe this one is the answer? I do love my lentils and so does my 10 month old daughter for that matter and I am sure she is going to love this

Thanks for posting!

VHH said...

Heck yes on the sloppy joes. I will be enjoying this one soon.

Melodie said...

I am soooo happy to find a homemade vegan sloppy joe recipe! Someone else I know made one but they said "just cook the lentils, add tomato paste and a package of mix." Ugh! No thank you! I can't wait to try these! And if you would like to I have a brand new vegetarian linky at my blog today. I would like to invite you to link up any of your recipes!

Ania said...

Just found your blog, read until here and got so hungry I must leave to my kitchen right away;)

jenn said...

We made these tonight but the lentils took over an hour to cook..... Maybe next time I'll try soaking them first. Once we got to eating them, the kids loved them,

jess said...

Yummm I made these last week and have been meaning to thank you! I had to cook my lentils for about 45 minutes to get them where I wanted 'em. (I don't like them when they are "stiff" I prefer them mushy)
Very good!

Megan said...

We really enjoyed this. The flavors were fantastic, and it's been great as leftovers.

I blogged about it to spread the word (

Also, for those concerned about the HFCS, there are many brands those use cane sugar, and I hear Hunt's brand is going totally HFCS-free.