Vegan Lentil & Quinoa Sloppy Joe That The Entire Family Will Love

January 8, 2016

sloppy joe

This recipe is a good reminder that being vegan doesn't mean missing out on the classics. Quinoa and lentils make a delicious and healthy substitute for this sloppy joe. This sloppy joe can also be made in a soup pot or slow cooker. Whichever you prefer. Make sure you have some soft yummy buns to soak up the rich juices.

Not only do those lentils taste delicious in this recipe, they are also one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They are a good source of calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K. They are also rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron.

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Vegan Lentil & Quinoa Sloppy Joe

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Quinoa & Lentil Sloppy Joes
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-10
  • 1 cup red or black lentils (dry)
  • ½ cup quinoa (dry)
  • ½ cup vegetable broth for sautéing
  • 3 cups of water (or more if needed)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped
  • ½ red or green pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon of hot sauce (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 hamburger buns
  1. Heat the vegetable broth in a large stockpot. Add the onions and carrots and sauté until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the garlic and saute for another minute or two. Now add all the remaining ingredients except the hamburger buns. Stir, bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer on low heat for 45 minutes to an hour or until the lentils are tender and the sauce is thickened. Add more water if necessary.
  2. Serve in buns.
  3. ** You could also cook this in a slow cooker. Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker. Add four cups of water instead of three cups. Stir, cover and cook on low for 8 hours
Nutrition Information
Calories: 200 Fat: 3 grams Saturated fat: 0 grams Trans fat: 0 grams Sugar: 6 grams Fiber: 3 grams Protein: 8 grams



14 thoughts on “Vegan Lentil & Quinoa Sloppy Joe That The Entire Family Will Love

  1. Good recipe. My 4 year old enjoyed it. My 6 year old wasn’t thrilled with the quinoa, I would leave that out next time just for him. If you eat cheese my husband liked it with cheese on top. I thought it had a great flavour. I used green lentils.

  2. I really appreciate your recipes. I only wish there were vegan recipes out there that didn’t have so many ingredients and were less time-intensive to prepare…..

    1. Hi Donnawam – I know, there are a lot of ingredients and I don’t usually post recipes with too many exotic ingredients. The thing about this recipe is that most of the ingredients are staples like brown sugar, yellow mustard, apple cider, hot sauce and paprika which is why I didn’t mind posting it. But I agree about too many ingredients. Thanks for the feedback and thanks for being part of our community.

  3. Only had green lentils, and tweaked recipe a tiny..but uh nom nom My new favorite protein punch + comfort food. Perfect Love Love Love….side note I hated sloppy joe anything as a child and this is the bomb

  4. Good Recipe, it doesn’t taste like the sloppy joe mixture from the can, I was used to. However it turned out great. I left the quinoa out (not my favorite food) and added cole slaw and it was great!

  5. We absolutely love this sloppy joe recipe! After trying a few vegan versions, this is definitely the winner. We sub ketchup for the tomato sauce 1:1, add chili powder, use smoked paprika, and of course serve with potato chips 🙂 so yummy!

    1. Kenzie – thanks so much for the kind words about the recipe and for taking the time to comment – I appreciate it and love your variations! Nancy

  6. This looks amazing! We’re in Iowa with dangerous wind chills today and not leaving the house…the only ingredient I don’t have on hand is yellow mustard. Maybe a bbq sauce or just omit? Any suggestions? I can’t wait to try this!

    1. Hi Nicole – Oh my gosh it must be so cold in Iowa today but I hear it is warming up. Yes – no mustard needed – and use any barbecue sauce you love – If you look at the comments below – Kenzie subbed ketchup for tomato sauce and added chili powder and smoked paprika – There can be lots of variations. Hope you love it and stay warm! Nancy

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