Discover a delicious and plant-based twist on a classic comfort food with Smoky Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes. This recipe combines hearty lentils with a smoky and savory sauce, all served on a bun for a satisfying meal. Whether you’re a vegan or simply looking to reduce your meat consumption, these Sloppy Joes offer a burst of flavor and wholesome goodness in every bite.
Smoky Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes Recipe:
- 1 cup dry green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
- 3 cups vegetable broth or water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ONE small onion, finely chopped
- 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 4-6 whole grain burger buns
- Cook the Lentils: In a medium pot, combine the rinsed lentils and vegetable broth or water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the lentils are tender but not mushy. Drain any excess liquid and set aside.
- Sauté Onion and Bell Pepper: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and bell pepper. Sauté until they are softened and the onion is translucent.
- Add Garlic and Spices: Stir in the minced garlic, smoked paprika, ground cumin, and chili powder. Sauté for another minute until the spices are fragrant.
- Prepare the Sauce: Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, maple syrup or brown sugar, soy sauce or tamari, salt, and black pepper to the skillet. Mix well to combine the ingredients.
- Add Cooked Lentils: Stir the cooked lentils into the sauce mixture, ensuring they are well coated. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken.
- Adjust Seasonings: Taste the mixture and adjust the seasonings as needed. You can add more smoked paprika, chili powder, or salt to suit your taste preferences.
- Serve: Toast the burger buns if desired. Spoon a generous amount of the smoky lentil mixture onto each bun. Serve the Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes with your favorite side dishes.
Nutrition Facts (Approximate):
- Serving Size: 1 Sloppy Joe (including bun)
- Calories: 320
- Total Fat: 4g
- Saturated Fat: 0.5g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Sodium: 580mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 59g
- Dietary Fiber: 13g
- Sugars: 14g
- Protein: 13g