Sloppy Lentil Joe’s {Recipe}

Sloppy Lentil Joe's recipe

(Sneaky) Sloppy Lentil Joe’s 

I was feeling sneaky the other day. I know there are foods that I like to eat that my husband will turn his nose up at just by the name. Sloppy Joe’s are one of them. I really wanted them though. I haven’t had them in years. I set about making them without telling my family what I was making. They were already excited because I had make homemade ciabatta rolls for dinner so why ruin that excitement?

As my husband wandered in and out of the kitchen he kept remarking how good it smelled as I lied about what I was making. I was making “lentil stew” which I guess is kinda true. Finally I had to confess about what I was making because my smile was giving me away that I was being sneaky. I didn’t confess though until after I had him try it. Thankfully he loved it!

I sliced opened our homemade rolls and piled on the Sloppy Lentil’s for my husband and I while I put a small amount on my kids rolls. If they don’t see it they will eat it and that turned out to work in a way. R liked it at first then decided she didn’t. M just thought he was eating a roll. He had no idea that the roll had lentils and some veggies hidden on it. It was a successful dinner in my eyes.

Sloppy Lentil Joe’s 

serves 6-8
(depending on how you fill the sandwiches)

1 pound cooked lentils

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium sized onion, small diced
1 red bell pepper, small diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1  16oz can of tomato sauce
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon agave
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a large 12 inch saute pan over medium-high heat. Saute the onions and red bell pepper for 5 minutes before adding the garlic and cooking until the onions and peppers are soft. 10-15 minutes total.

Add the chili powder and saute 1 minute.

Stir in the lentils, tomato sauce, whole grain mustard, molasses, agave and apple cider vinegar and cook for 10-15 minutes so all of the flavors can combine.

Season with salt and pepper and serve on toasted ciabatta rolls!

I made some roasted potatoes and a nice side salad to go along with this recipe.

9 Comments on Sloppy Lentil Joe’s {Recipe}

  1. Jes
    March 11, 2014 at 1:12 PM (9 years ago)

    You know, I’ve been meaning to make sloppy joes for years now and have never gotten around to it. But this recipe is so simple I think I need to soon! Love that you got your husband to like them!

    • Jes
      April 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM (9 years ago)

      Made these for dinner last night–seriously the best! xo!

      • JENNA
        April 1, 2014 at 11:44 AM (9 years ago)

        Thank you so much for letting me know! This really makes me so happy. xo

  2. AutumnTao
    March 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM (9 years ago)

    Do you add the vinegar with that last group of ingredients? Thanks!

  3. Jenna
    March 18, 2014 at 2:51 PM (9 years ago)

    Yes you do! Thanks for pointing that out AutumnTao. I’ll change it in the recipe instructions. :)

  4. AutumnTao
    March 26, 2014 at 8:33 PM (9 years ago)

    This recipe is crazy good, Jenna! I used organic green lentils. Couldn’t figure out the amount of dry lentils that would yield 1 lb cooked, so I just made 2C of dry and saved the rest, a little less than half the batch. The sauce is awesome. I quietly mourned Manwich after I last made it with TVP when I realized it used high-fructose corn syrup. I’ve been looking for a replacement, and this is it! Easy, wholesome and really yummy. Stoked to add this to my recipe arsenal! A million thank yous :)

    • JENNA
      April 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM (9 years ago)

      Thank you Autumn Tao! I haven’t had Manwich sloppy joe’s in over 8 years. I use to make them with Lentils. This is definitely a more wholesome recipe.

  5. suba suba
    June 11, 2020 at 7:03 AM (2 years ago)

    Really informative blog post. Fantastic.


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