vegan lentil sloppy joes

Vegan lentil sloppy joes with quick cilantro lime slaw with jalapenos in bun on black plate.

Take a burger break and enjoy healthy one-pot vegan lentil sloppy joes with crunchy, fresh quick cilantro lime slaw packed between your favorite bun.



Vegan lentil sloppy joe filling

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. vegan Worcestershire sauce (we recommend Henderson’s relish)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cup dry green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained

Quick cilantro lime slaw

  • 4 cups thinly sliced cabbage (about ½ a head)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup cilantro (coriander)
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar

6 sandwich rolls or buns (use any kind you like)


Vegan lentil sloppy joe filling

  1. In a large pot (to avoid splatter) add the onions and pepper and sauté them for 5 minutes until the onions start to get translucent. Add water a tablespoon at a time if the veggies start to stick.
  2. Add the minced garlic, 1 tsp. cumin and 1 tsp. smoked paprika, stir and cook for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, maple syrup, vegan Worcestershire sauce, vegetable broth and lentils. Stir everything and bring the pot to simmer. Cover and simmer until the lentils are tender (about 30 minutes). Check the pot every 10 minutes or so and give everything a stir. Add more water ½ cup at a time if the lentils need more time to cook.

Quick cilantro lime slaw

  1. Add the cabbage, carrots, cilantro, lime juice and rice vinegar in a medium bowl. Mix everything and allow the flavors to combine while the lentils cook.
  2. Be sure to mix the slaw a few times after you make it, so the lime juice and vinegar don’t just sit at the bottom of the bowl.

Make it a meal

  1. Once the lentils are done, lightly toast the buns (if desired). Serve the lentil sloppy joe mixture over on half the bun and add the slaw on top.
  2. Garnish with pickled jalapenos if desired.


  • Nutritional information includes the sloppy joe filling, cilantro lime slaw and bun.
  • If you want to make a quick version of this recipe, you can use canned lentils. Use 2 cans (about 4 cups). Rinse and drain the lentils and follow the recipe instructions but eliminate the 3 cups of broth or water. Simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the tomato sauce to cook down a bit.
  • Brown or green lentils work best for this recipe, but you can also use French lentils. I would avoid red lentils as they will become a bit to mushy and make the final consistency a bit runny.
  • We love quick cilantro lime slaw on everything from sandwiches to tacos. You can add a small red onion diced or ¼ cup sliced green onions if you want an extra punch. If you like your slaw sweeter, add 2 teaspoons of agave syrup or another liquid sweetener. You’ll want to mix this in a small bowl with the lime juice and rice vinegar before pouring it over the slaw ingredients, so it covers everything equally.

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