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Lentil Sloppy Joes To Die For!

Lentil Sloppy Joes To Die For! are a twist on a childhood recipe.  I loved these growing up!  Now, I smother these in cheese, however, if you want it a tad healthier or you would like to make it vegan, forget the cheese!  Still totally delicious, cross my heart!  I have to say, I’ve never had a real sloppy joe, as I have been a veg head since I was 8 yrs old.  I can honestly say that I don’t really think I’d love one.  I am, and always have been, a lover of the lentil so this is truly an amazing recipe whether or not you enjoy the real deal.  Thinking of what to do for a meatless Monday perhaps? These are your jam.  Thinking of alternative or twists on the ol’ classic? Again, these are your jam.  I think I’ve mentioned before how my mother told me to never eat spaghetti on a date (me + pasta = hot mess).  Well, these should never be eaten in the company of a first date or anyone you are trying to impress.  You will less than impress, as you will be a sloppy mess!  Sorry, had to do it. Sloppy & delicious.  Wash it down with a cold brew and you’re golden.  Bring your napkin (or ten) and slop your way to heaven.

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Lentil Sloppy Joes To Die For!
Yields 6
These Lentil Sloppy Joes truly are to die for! Easy, delicious, and loaded with flavor. Bring them out for your next party or on a meatless Monday!
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Total Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 6 large toasted buns of your liking
  2. Oil for pan
  3. 2 cans lentils
  4. 20 oz (about 2 1/2 C) shredded pepper jack cheese
  5. (Optional) Some sort of soft & creamy spreadable cheese for the bottom bun - I used cracked pepper cheese
  6. 1 avocado - sliced
  7. 1 large onion - diced
  8. 6 cloves garlic - minced
  9. 4 celery stalks - diced
  10. 1 small carrot - diced
  11. 1/4 good ketchup
  12. 1/4-1/2 tomato paste
  13. 2-3 Tbl dijon mustard
  14. 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  15. 1 Tbl brown sugar
  16. 1/4 veggie broth
  17. 2-3 Tbl dried oregano
  18. Hot sauce to taste
  19. Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Heat pan with oil and add onion & a dash of salt. Cook for about 5 minutes
  2. Add garlic, more salt/pepper & cook for 30 seconds more
  3. Add celery, carrot, and half the oregano - cook for about 5 minutes or until soft
  4. Add tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, broth, balsamic, brown sugar. Stir for 1 minute
  5. Add lentils, hot sauce, and rest of oregano, plus any more salt & pepper you'd like
  6. Cook for about 10 minutes stirring often.
To assemble
  1. On toasted buns, spread creamy cheese on bottom halves & add half of the pepper jack on top
  2. On top bun add avocado and the rest of pepper jack
  3. Slop the lentil mixture on top of bottom bun, carefully put the top on
  4. Throw some awesome potato chips on the side of each plate!
  1. These make 6 large sloppy joes but can be make into slider style buns for a party!
  2. Serve with a cold brew of your liking!
  3. I always serve with potato chips on the side (these were jalapeno flavored...yum)!
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    Jeff Cronen
    February 2, 2016

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them!

    • Leave a Reply
      February 9, 2016

      Thanks! And thanks for the original recipe. I twisted a bit but still reminded me of childhood. Yum!

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