These Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes are a plant-based version of the classic recipe we all know and love.
This recipe for Lentil Sloppy Joes couldn’t be easier to make. The slow cooker does all the work for you, making this recipe perfect for an easy dinner.
As a new mom, I’ve been struggling with dinners. It’s been hard to find the time to cook a healthy meal, let alone eat. I’ve been trying to think of easy recipes that make that take minimal effort.
Whenever I’m trying to plan easy recipes that don’t need a lot of prep work, I turn to my slow cooker. I just love that you can add the recipe ingredients to the slow cooker and it does all the work for you.
Lentils are something that I love incorporating into my diet. They are packed with protein, iron and fiber. They make a great stand-in for traditional recipes that call for ground meat.
Another great thing about this recipe is that it calls for mostly pantry ingredients. Dried lentils and a pantry staple and the tangy, sweet sauce ingredients call for common pantry ingredients.
For the lentils, you want to use brown lentils. Red lentils will get too soft when they cook.
This recipe is also very budget-friendly. Lentils are a great swap for ground beef which is very expensive compared to the cost of lentils.
These Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes have all the same flavor of the classic American recipe without any of the meat. These sloppy joes will satisfy both plant eaters and meat eaters. It’s a great crowd pleaser!
- 1 Medium Yellow Onion, diced
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
- 3 Large Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1 Cup Dried Brown Lentils, sorted and rinsed
- 1 Cup Tomato Sauce
- 1/4 Cup Ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1 Tablespoon Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tsp Yellow Mustard
- 1 Tsp Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 3 Cups Vegetable Broth
- Hamburger Buns
- Combine all of the ingredients for the sloppy joes in a slow cooker; stir the ingredients.
- Cook on low 8-10 hours.
- Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Add more maple syrup for sweetness or vinegar for more tang. The sloppy joes might appear to have too much liquid, but the lentils will continue to thicken as it cools.
- Serve on hamburger buns.