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Vegan Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Shannon Leparski
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop


Vegan Sloppy Joes. A smoky, savory and simple plant-based delicious anytime meal that is sure to please. Full of protein and fiber for a hearty sloppy joe!



1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 yellow onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

pinch of salt and pepper

1 zucchini, shredded or finely diced

1 1/4 cup tomato sauce

2 15-ounce cans of lentils, drained and rinsed

2 tablespoons ketchup

2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or maple syrup)

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon tamari (or low-sodium soy sauce)

1/21 tablespoon hot sauce (optional)

1/2 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 tablespoon paprika

*hamburger buns of your choice

avocado slices (optional)


Heat the oil in a large pan (or dutch oven) over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and garlic, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Sautè for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the onions are slightly browned.

Next add the shredded zucchini and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until soft.

Stir in the tomato sauce, lentils, ketchup, coconut sugar, apple cider vinegar, tamari, hot sauce, chili powder and paprika. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to a slow boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes, to let the flavors come together.

Do a taste test and adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt, chili powder, hot sauce, maple syrup, etc., as needed!

Serve the mixture on toasted buns with avocado.



*Can also be made in the slow cooker/crock pot! Just add all ingredients to the slow cooker, mix and set on high or low, depending on how much time you have!

**Leftover sloppy joe mixture will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

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