Vegan Sloppy Joe

By DK on Oct 19, 2009
Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe (Vegan)
I am not comfortable using those imitation meats available in the markets. Its not about the taste that worries me - but its the ingredients in the packet which raises concern. A lot of artificial ingredients go into these and calories don't look good too. With so many doubts lingering in the mind, its better to be safe than sorry. I like using tofu, soy chunks (for Indians) or TVP - Textured Vegetable Protein, Tempeh, Seitan, Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and mushrooms as meat substitutes. They work just fine. For most chicken based dishes you can use Paneer - Many non-vegetarians have been cheated with this paneer in my household!
Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe (Vegan)
Quite a few don't seem to like the taste of tofu, tempeh or seitan - but the cooking process can usually make them taste better. Like for instance - Tofu needs lots of flavors which it needs to absorb. So marinading it for some time always helps to improve its taste. Seitan and Tempeh - broken down into smaller pieces and cooked in a gravy or with other strong seasonings absorb it very well and end up delicious without being bland. I like Seitan and don't find that much of a necessity to douse it with other ingredients. Like in this Sloppy Joe recipe - where I have substituted Seitan for Beef which is usually used in a regular Sloppy Joe (or turkey). The protein level of Seitan is humungous. About 85gms of Seitan consists of 18gms of Protein! In this dish as if this was not enough, I went ahead and added Kidney beans. So at the end after taking few bites of your sloppy joe, you end up feeling v. full - as if you just had the original with the meat. But the best part is it doesnt make you feel heavy - just full :) Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe (Vegan) But imagine - how much of fat you cut out by omitting the meat. Cutting out the meat once in a while should not be problem. But you can of course go ahead and add lean beef instead of the seitan and make the same recipe. This recipe has been adapted from Ellie Krieger's version which I loved. I just made v few changes to incorporate my needs and also to accommodate for the ingredients I had on hand. Refer to the original version to make a meat based version. Her recipe is equally healthy and simple.

adapted from ellie krieger's sloppy joes recipe

Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 30 min
Serves: 4 people
Yield: Makes 8 servings
  • 1 pound (16oz or apprx.454 gms) Seitan, crumbled or chopped into small pieces
  • 1 onion,diced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper,diced
  • 1 cup cooked and slightly mashed kidney beans (or use canned - rinse under cold water)
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato puree, homemade or low sodium
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato ketchup (as per taste)
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper or any other seasoning of your choice (optional, as per taste)
  • Burger buns , whole wheat/multigrain preferred
In a skillet add 1 tsp vegetable oil. Add the onions, cloves and red bell peppers. Sprinkle some salt to help it soften faster. Saute until soft.
Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe (Vegan)
Now add the tomato paste. Stir and then add the tomato puree. Cook for 5-6 more minutes for the tomatoes to cook.
Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe (Vegan)
Mix in the kidney beans. Add molasses, ketchup , cayenne pepper and Worcestershire (if using). I like little heat hence add the pepper. Its completely optional.
Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe (Vegan)
The Seitan I got was pre cooked and needed only warming up. Hence am adding the seitan last. If yours is not the pre cooked variety, add it first along with onions for it to cook along with the rest of the ingredients.
Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe (Vegan)
Mix them all together and cook for another 5-8 minutes till it comes together. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe (Vegan)
Dry toast the burger buns or grill them on one side. Place one side on the plate cut side up and ladle the seitan-kidney beans mixture on top. Close with the remaining bun and enjoy.
Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe (Vegan)
With some salad and a drinkĀ  it makes a complete and filling meal. Rest assured that you are taken care of for almost whole day - the protein keeps you filled for a long time without making you feel heavy or overstuffed. Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe (Vegan)
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22 Responses to “Vegan Sloppy Joe”
  1. Hanisha

    Hi.. The recipe looks delicious.. Just wondering if there’s some substitute for molasses which could be used ? Thanx a ton

  2. Vinamrata

    Looks mouth watering! Can you tell us the Indian style Sloppy joe recipe too? Keep going!! Love ur posts!

  3. I just made this following your recipe exactly… they were perfect! So delicious, thanks for posting this :)

  4. Hey,was looking for a vegan sloppy joe recipe and ended up here…u have a nice space here.Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Love the sloppy joes.This was in my to -do list.Nice that you used seitan.I could not get my hands on it or tempeh for that matter.Do blog dishes with tempeh.I have heard its pretty much tasteless when compared to tofu and hence missed buying it.

  6. Looks sooo good! I’m getting hungry :)

  7. never heard of sloppy joe’s or seitan before but that sure looks yummy!

  8. Great idea to make a truly comforting dish vegetarian! You should submit this recipe to! :)

    Thanks Hillary :) I am glad to note that you like it. Also thanks for the link :) —DK

  9. Sudha

    Hi DK, I am a regular visitor to your blog. I have even tried your scone recipe which turned out fabulous!! Your step-by-step instructions always amazes me. (you need a lot of patience to do it) Have to try the sloppy joe recipe. Oh, the ingredient list calls for 203 cloves of garlic!! (I am sure you meant to say 2 to 3) :)

    Dear Sudha – thank you for your kind words :) And yes! You are right about 2-3 cloves of garlic! Gawd imagine using 203 cloves ;) I have updated the list with the correction. Thank you for pointing it out to me….:)

  10. Asha

    Hi DK, love your site, very sophisticated! Thanks for your support as always. Love the Sloppy Joe but never made it Vegan. Pics looks gorgeous.
    Hugs, have a wonderful week! :)

    Thanks for your kind words dearest Asha :) Thanks to YOU for trusting me as a friend :)

  11. Dear Divya, my heart diwali wishes to you and your family. With the new looks and the array of recipes with clear instructions to follow – it rocks. Appreciate your contributions to the blog world. Keep it up. Especially the baking goodies and oh, the kheer is tempting :) Good luck. Viji

    Wishing you a gala Diwali Viji – these words coming from you means a lot to me and you know precisely why! :)

  12. Looks lovely..thanks for participating

  13. interesting and healthy snack..

  14. Sounds very interesting, fabulous vegan dish DK.

  15. I have heard so much about this sloppy jones, never knew there was a veg variety.
    Looks yumm as always.

  16. Sounds like a great substitute for meat that would very well work for me.

  17. This looks so perfect for a vegetarian like me. Certainly have to try them soon… looks spicy and delicious :)

  18. Those sloppy joes look amazing. I love to try the vegetarian meat alternates just to see how they taste. There are some that are really good and some are just awful. My favorite however, hands down, is seitan and ur recipe looks sooooooo tempting. Will try.

    Thanks Pavani . 90% of the battle is won if you like seitan! I love it too :) — DK

  19. This looks good, I’ll have to try it. The pictures are great!

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