Vegan Sloppy Joes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 portions
Lentils are considered a staple food for a reason - they're ultra nutritious, cheap, and can be prepared in just about a million ways (from salads to soups, stews, and dhal). While most dried legumes require hours of soaking prior to cooking, lentils are the exception to that rule. All they need is a good rinse under cold water and to be cooked for about 20 minutes (just make sure they don't turn into purée). Making this sloppy joe recipe is super easy - all you need is some garlic, onion, and spices simmered in tomato sauce. Within a few minutes, the spices warm up and the flavors come out. While this delicious sloppy joe filling goes great with any type of burger bun, it's extra delicious in our sweet potato and turmeric buns.

How it's Made:


  • 1/2 cup of brown lentils
  • 1 cup of water or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of cane sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin seeds
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup of


  1. Put the lentils in a medium saucepan and cover with water (or veggie broth). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Set aside. 
  2. Finely chop the onion, garlic and celery. In a large frying pan, heat some vegetable oil over medium heat, add the onion and celery and cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a minute more, until golden. 
  3. Chop the cashews and set aside. 
  4. Add the tomato sauce to the pan, mix well, and add the rest of the sauce ingredients (maple syrup, vinegar, soy sauce, spices and cashews), lower the heat and let simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring regularly. Season to taste. Add the cooked lentils and let simmer for at least 10 minutes. 
  5. Heat some buns and spoon the lentil mixture onto them. Garnish with avocado slices and coleslaw and enjoy.
Emilie Gaillet
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Emilie Gaillet

Emilie creates healthy, and tasty recipes for PRANA as well as her own blog, Murmures. Her passion lies in the creation of recipes - from the chopping and stirring to the presentation and styling of her dishes.