11 Creative Vegan Sloppy Joe Recipes

Sloppy Joes are THE sandwich of summer (if you want my opinion).

It's extremely hot where I live these days (100s) which means a piping hot meal or soup is out of the question. While I don't mind eating salads and "bowls" (e.g. burrito bowls) my family definitely gets tired of them. I also find I can't serve the typical sandwich (e.g. PB&J, "Eggless" Egg Salad, Mock Tuna) since they're eating those for lunch.

Which leads me back to the sloppy joe. It feels more like a meal (especially when served "open face") and over the years I've created 9 interesting variations to keep it exciting and fresh.

You can find these recipes in the app (or web planner)

African Sloppy Joes (Vetkoek)
BBQ Sloppy Joes
Caribbean Sloppy Joes
Messy Puttanessies (Italian Sloppy Joes)
Pizza Joes
Pumpkin Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Buffalo’d Joes
Sloppy Srirachies (Asian-Style Sloppy Joes)
Tex Mex Sloppy Joes
Thai Sloppy Joes

There's also Sloppy Joe Spaghetti for when you get tired of buns ;)

There's also 14 "Slider" recipes, which is just another style of sloppy joe IMHO.

bangin’ sliders
bbq cauliflower (or jackfruit) sliders
bbq peach sliders
bbq sweet potato sliders
bbq tofu sliders
bolognese sliders (italian-style)
buffalo ranch sliders
butternut bbq sliders
hawaiian bbq sliders
hawaiian sliders
korean bbq sliders
pulled “pork” sliders
torta sliders (mexican-style)
tropical bbq sliders

ALL of these recipes can be found in the Meal Mentor app or using the Web Planner.

For this Free Recipe Friday, I'm sharing my "OG" recipe -- the classic sloppy joe

BUT before we get to the recipe... how about some fun facts?

Sloppy Joe's are called a Taven in Iowa, and a Slushburger in the Upper Midwest and North Dakota. Other names include barbecues, Manwich, spoonburgers, steamers, yum yums, and wimpies. If you watched the show Rosanne in the 90's, she was always serving up "loose meat" sandwiches, which same-same.

1 small onion, dice
2 garlic cloves, mince
1 green bell pepper, seed, dice
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp yellow mustard
1 tbsp Dijon
1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (optional)
1 can (15-oz) lentils, drain and rinse (or 2 1/4 cups cooked)
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1-2 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
cayenne or hot sauce (optional)
smoked paprika
vegetable broth

Saute onion and garlic in 1/4-cup broth until translucent. Add peppers and continue to cook to desired tenderness (I like them pretty soft). Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer on very low for 5-30 minutes if you can. These Joes become even more flavorful after "marinating" in the fridge for a few days. Serve on your favorite hamburger bun or sliced bread.