Vegan Sloppy Joes


  • 1 cup lentils, cooked 
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (14 oz)
  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoky paprika
  • 1 can tomato sauce (14 oz), or tomato paste + water
  • 1 tablespoon relish
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar or maple syrup

Serve with (Optional):

  • Hamburger buns
  • Pickles, Tabasco, quick pickled onions, jalapeños, extra mustard, coleslaw.


  1. Add oil to a large saute pan and heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook on  medium with salt & pepper until glistening.

  2. Add the garlic, chili powder, paprika and 3/4 tsp salt. Stir to coat the veggies. Add the tomato sauce, relish, soy sauce, mustard and sugar / maple syrup and stir.  Add the cooked lentils and garbanzo beans, and stir again. Cook on low for 5-10 minutes to warm through and to thicken a bit.  Serve with warmed buns and condiments.

  3. Store the sloppy joes in a lidded container for up to three days or freeze for up to two weeks.


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