Sloppy Lentil Joes

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 1 hour


This is a quick and easy meal that also reheats well for lunch the next day or two. Serve this stuffed into a bun and eat with your hands, or ladle it over the buns open-face style and eat with a fork. I like to make fresh bread in my bread machine and ladle the Sloppy Joes over the bread.


  • 3 1/3 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups dried brown lentils
  • 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (optional)
  • 2 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • freshly ground pepper
  • whole wheat buns and condiments, for serving


Place 1/3 cup of the water in a large pot. Add the onions and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally until onions soften slightly, about 5 minutes. Add the chili powder and mix in well. Add the remaining water, the lentils, tomatoes, and the rest of the seasonings. Mix well, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook over low heat for 55 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve on whole wheat buns, or fresh baked bread, with trimmings of your choice.