The same comforting homemade taste of regular Sloppy Joes, but with healthy lentils instead of meat. A delicious vegan family dinner!
Lentil Sloppy Joes make so much sense. Take all the comforting homemade flavor of Sloppy Joes - tomatoes, onions, mild spices and seasonings, bell pepper and a pinch of sweetness - then add protein-rich lentil beans instead of ground meat.
You could certainly keep the healthy-train on the right track by serving these flavorful lentils in a bowl with crunchy cabbage slaw.
Or....you can go the nostalgic route and serve lentil Sloppy Joes the way your Mom or Grandma served Sloppy Joes, with a bun and a pickle on the side.
I like to toast the hamburger buns under the broiler with butter and garlic powder, for a crunchy, garlic bread flavor. Yum!
One of my kids likes to melt cheese on her lentil sloppy Joe. Your kids might like this too.
I've also been known to serve French fries on the side (Frozen, not homemade, although next time I might try these simple carrot fries).
Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
This recipe can be made using a pressure cooker or a slow cooker. Both turn out great. Use whatever is most convenient for you.
Either way, this is the type of recipe that's delicious the first day and even better the second and third day. This is a great recipe for meal prep or leftovers.
Can You Freeze Lentil Sloppy Joes?
Yes, and this recipe makes a big batch so you're likely to have leftovers.
I often freeze some of the lentils for another dinner later in the month.
To freeze lentils, cool the cooked lentils then freeze in a Ziploc freezer bag. Remove as much air from the plastic bag as possible.
Vegan Sloppy Joes
Are these lentil Sloppy Joe's vegan and vegetarian? They certainly can be! Just make sure to use vegan Worcestershire sauce, like Annie's. You can also use soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce, but it doesn't have quite the same flavor.
What Type of Lentils Do I Use?
Brown or green lentils work best for this recipe because they hold their shape well but also have a soft texture.
More Vegetarian Dinners
- Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili
- Instant Pot Lentil Bolognese
- Vegetarian Fajitas with Smoky Lime Sour Cream
- One-Pot Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Kale
- Crockpot Lentil Soup