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Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joes

These Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joes will delight even the most zealous meat-lovers in your family!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Kaylee Pauley


  • 1 cup dry lentils cooked according to package
  • 1/2 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato Paste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2-1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • Suggested Toppings:
  • caramelized onions
  • avocado


  • Rinse and sort the lentils then cook according to package (I used Trader Joe's Green Lentils and just added water and lentils to pan, brought water to a boil, then simmered 35 minutes until all water was absorbed and lentils were soft)
  • While lentils cook, add coconut oil and minced garlic to pan and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add onions and bell peppers and cook until onions are translucent, approximately 3-5 minutes.
  • Then add cooked lentils to the onion and bell peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes to heat through.
  • Meanwhile, add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, all seasonings (chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, sea salt, black pepper and onion powder), apple cider vinegar, mustard and honey to food processor, blender or NutriBullet and blend for 20-30 seconds or until smooth. Once sauce is well mixed and smooth, add it to the lentil and veggies and stir over medium-low heat until hot.
  • Divide out for sandwiches, I used approximately 1/2 cup of sloppy joe mixture per sandwich and got six servings.
  • Top with desired toppings, we used caramelized onions, avocados and crispy sweet potato sticks!
  • Enjoy!


Nutrition info INCLUDES BUNS but does NOT include toppings as those will vary based on your preferences. I used Trader Joe's 100%Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns which are 170 calories, 4 grams fat, 30 grams carbs, 6 grams protein, and 4 grams of fiber - just to give you an idea!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 64.2g | Protein: 15.8g | Fat: 5.3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 393.6mg | Fiber: 15.5g | Sugar: 14g