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Easy Vegan Sloppy Joes

Vegan Sloppy Joes | Blooming Vegan

Easy Vegan Sloppy Joes | Blooming Vegan

Sloppy Joes – hearty, filling and oh-so-messy. What’s not to love?

Sloppy Joes were actually one of the few things I cooked on multiple occasions before going vegan. Granted, my recipe at the time consisted only of browning some meat and combining it with a pre-made can of sauce, but still – it was a form of cooking!

Since then, Sloppy Joes have always been a favorite of mine, and fortunately it’s a recipe that is super easy to veganize.

Easy Vegan Sloppy Joes | Blooming Vegan

Any type of meatless ground will work for this – I tend to use either Boca Veggie Ground Crumbles or Gardein Beefless Ground, but you could use TVP as well; note that if you do use TVP, you will need to rehydrate it first. To rehydrate one cup of TVP, add 1 cup of water and let sit for about 10 minutes (one cup of dry TVP yields about 2 cups of ground meat replacement once it’s been rehydrated).

Easy Vegan Sloppy Joes | Blooming Vegan

I love Sloppy Joes so much I can just eat them plain with a fork, but the traditional way to enjoy this recipe is on soft hamburger buns. You could even make little Sloppy Joe sliders! This is also a very quick meal to prepare, and is sure to be a hit with friends and family.

Easy Vegan Sloppy Joes | Blooming Vegan

Easy Vegan Sloppy Joes

These meatless sloppy joes are delicious, easy to make and healthier than the traditional kind with ground meat.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Blooming Vegan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups meatless ground
  • ¼ cup white onion, chopped
  • ½ cup green pepper, chopped
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ½ tsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¾ cup water
  • Dash chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
  • ½-1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3-4 soft vegan rolls or hamburger buns

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once it’s at temperature, add the white onion and saute for a few minutes, being careful not to brown.

  2. Add the meatless ground and mix together with the onions until heated. (Meatless ground is usually kept in the freezer so it may come out in frozen chunks that you’ll need to gradually break up.)

  3. Add all other ingredients and mix well, allowing to simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring periodically. 

  4. Once the sauce has cooked down and the mixture is thoroughly heated, spoon liberally onto hamburger buns.

Recipe Notes

You can dress these up a bit by adding some lettuce, coleslaw or pickles for an added crunch, or you can top the buns with vegan cheese and pop them under the broiler for a few minutes until it’s nice and melted.

Easy Vegan Sloppy Joes | Blooming Vegan

 

Posted on April 18th, 2018 in Mains, Recipes

2 Comments

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    Bernadette

    April 18, 2018

    I haven’t had a sloppy joe in years and seeing this recipe has me now craving them! Even better is the fact that my non-vegan husband will enjoy the hearty flavors so we can both be happy!

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      Christina DiLorenzo

      April 18, 2018

      Yay! 🙂 I hope you both enjoy this recipe. It was years after I went vegan before I had sloppy joes again myself, so I can definitely relate. It’s like I had forgotten all about them!

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