Lentil Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a longtime favorite.  Though, truth be told, I don't think I cared much for it as a child.  It certainly isn't one of my favorite childhood foods.  But, when I first learned to make it some years ago (based off Matt's mom's recipe) I was in heaven.  Its so simple and fast and the flavor is so comforting to me.  Definitely one of my comfort foods in adulthood...which may be partially due to the fact I always eat it over a nice, big wheat roll.  Oh, how I love bread.  And tomatoes.  And peppers.  See, this is why I am so supremely satisfied by a dinner of sloppy joes!!
I really like how all the colored peppers add to the look of the dish.  So much prettier than your run of the mill Sloppy Joes!
Lentil Sloppy Joes

2 cups cooked lentils (I usually cook mine to nearly mush as I find it very....burgery...for lack of a better term.)
1/2 onion, diced (or three tiny baby onions like the ones we grew this year)
Sweet peppers, diced (as many as you like, probably around 1-3 cups worth.  Add a few spicy peppers if you wish.)
1/2 pint tomato sauce
1-2 T brown sugar
2 t white vinegar
1 T ketchup
1-2 T chili powder

Saute the onion until starting to become translucent.  
Add peppers and saute a few more minutes, until tender.
Add remaining ingredients and stir until well mixed.
Serve over rolls either open-face or as a sandwich.

Jeez.  I guess I MUST like Sloppy Joes as I already posted a recipe for them.  Oh well.  I already wrote the post now.  An really, what blog doesn't need at least TWO Sloppy Joe recipe variations?!  In any case, this one is better as I think lentil are superior and the ratios better.  It has more peppers, for one thing, which I always find to be a plus.  It is all rather funny though since I am sure they were both modified off the same recipe. 


  1. I make it simple. I post the identical recipe twice. This meatlover might just like this recipe.

  2. awesome comfort food! But I've never tried sloppy joes with lentils - I think I should. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. It is my favorite. I don't even bother to make it with other kinds of beans/legumes any more. Lentils sloppy joes are where its at. I hope you guys enjoy them.


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