Lentil sloppy joes with potato chips and pickles on a white plate
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Lentil Sloppy Joes


Hearty Lentil Sloppy Joes! Delicious plant based twist on an all time dinner favorite! Packed with so much flavor, you will forget how nutritious they are!

Growing up when I heard it was Manwich night, it was a good day! This recipe is so easy, simple and healthy, it’s a great recipe to have on hand.

lentil sloppy joes with sweet potato fries and pickles on a white plate

What are lentils?

Lentils are one of the forgotten hidden gems of the culinary world. They are a great tool if you are on a plant based diet. Lentils are not only nutritious they are budget friendly as well. Lentils are actually legumes that grow on bushy plants and come in a variety of colors.

Legumes contain about 18 grams of protein per cooked cup, while only containing about 230 calories (wow! now you see why I call them a GEM!). Lentils can be found in almost any grocery store and are very budget friendly, about one dollar per pound of dried lentils. Colors of lentils range from green, brown, black, orange, red or golden. The most common colors are red and green. The green variety keep their shape better, remaining firm during long cooking times. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room…do lentils cause gas or bloating? While lentils tend to produce less gas than other beans , they do contain the indigestible sugars that can lead to bloating. It is recommended to cook them longer to reduce this affect, such as a slow cooker in this recipe.

How should I serve lentil sloppy joes?

I serve my lentil sloppy joes just like the original manwich, as pictured above, on a bun. My husband likes them open faced, topped with vegan cheese and some pickled jalepenos on top…yum! They also go great in a toasted pita pocket, this keeps them a little less ‘sloppy’. I also like them over rice, baked potato or sweet potato. I’ve even made leftovers mixed with some noodles and they were great! Speaking of leftovers, these hold up in the freezer beautifully!! Pop them in the the microwave for about 3 minutes, and stop and stir every minute thereafter until heated up.

onions, bell pepper, carrots, garlic, uncooked lentils in a slow cooker
Just toss in and cook!
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lentil sloppy joe on a white plate

Lentil Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Candice
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 56 1x


Hearty Lentil Sloppy Joes! Delicious plant based twist on an all time dinner favorite! Packed with so much flavor, you will forget how nutritious they are!



1 1/2 cups uncooked green lentils

1 small yellow or white onion, diced

1 bell pepper (red or green), diced

2 medium carrots, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 TBSP chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1-(15 oz) can tomato sauce

1-(15 oz) can diced fire roasted tomatoes

2 cups water

2 tsp worcestershire sauce (make sure it’s the vegan brand if you are vegan)

2 tsp rice wine vinegar

1 tsp yellow mustard

1 tsp liquid smoke

salt and pepper to taste


Place all ingredients into slow cooker (no need to sautee anything) stir to combine.

Cook on high for four hours.

Check during the last hour and add more liquid if necessary.

Ready to eat!  These will keep in the slow cooker on warm until ready to serve.


I add rice wine vinegar to almost all my sauces, I feel it gives recipes that little punch!  You can omit this if you choose.  

This recipe is very forgiving, you you do not have a vegetable or spice, simple replace with something similar.  I have added spinach and mushrooms to this and it was great.

Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 4-5 months.

These go great with my Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Wedges . Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

If you have my  Homemade Mexican Spice Blend on hand, you can simply add 2 1/4 TBSP of this to replace all spices listed above Homemade Mexican Spice Blend

Nutritional facts are based on the lentils only, no bun or condiments

  • Category: dinner
  • Method: easy
  • Cuisine: any

Keywords: Lentil Sloppy Joe


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  2. What kind of healthy buns do you recommend?

    • Hey Michelle! That depends on what dietary needs you are looking for. I use whole wheat vegan buns. If you are looking for low carb, the sandwich thins are great. I also like to stuff whole wheat pitas with this recipe, a little less messy as well! I hope this helps!

    • I use any buns I’m in the mood for. Most buns are vegan. Sometimes I like to put these into a wheat pita pocket!

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