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Sloppy Vegan Joes


Who doesn’t love a good slow cooker recipe? Throw a few ingredients together in the morning and have a hot, delicious dinner ready for you when you get home in the evening! However, it seems like most slow cooker recipes involve some type of meat and so it can be difficult for vegetarians to participate in these quick, easy meals. Although these Sloppy Vegan Joes don’t come out looking like your traditional sloppy joes, I assure you that they are every bit as good and almost as messy.

Sloppy Vegan Joes


Regan @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 1 .5 cups lentils, dry
  • 2 cups brown rice, uncooked
  • 15 ounces canned, diced tomatoes
  • 1.5 cups texturized vegetable protein
  • 1.25 cups onion, chopped
  • 1.5 cups carrots, chopped
  • 0.75 cups ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 6 cups water


Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on high for 6-8 hours.

Freezing Directions:

Place all ingredients besides water in gallon freezer bag. Label and freeze. To serve: Thaw. Place all ingredients in slow cooker, add water, and cook on high for 6-8 hours.

Servings: 4

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

18 Responses to “Sloppy Vegan Joes”

  1. Riann says:

    What could you use instead of tvp? We have soy issues.

  2. Dawn says:

    Just wondering, how many servings does this make???? Sounds like it would make a ton!!

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  4. Kathy says:

    I saw this on Eat at Home and it looks delicious! I will definitely be trying this soon!

  5. casey says:

    do you think i could sub the TVP with extra Lentils and sub the rice for Quinoa?

  6. Stephanie says:

    This was very good! My boyfriend liked it so much that he just ate it out of a bowl without bothering with the bun. He also thought it would be tasty as a lettuce wrap, so we will try that next time I make it. I couldn’t get all of it to fit in our crock pot at once, so I froze half for next time. We still had plenty of leftovers with two people.

    • Katharine in Brussels says:

      Thanks for the lettuce wrap idea! I hadn’t tried this recipe yet because I was wondering how to serve it without a bun, (alas, baby weight–I’m 39 wks pregnant) but thanks to your Green Joes suggestion now it’s in my menu for this month. Just in time with an easy assembly crockpot recipe. Cheers Stephanie!

  7. Jen says:

    No seasoning?

    • Kelly says:

      There is marjoram but there is tons of flavor with the vinegar, mustard, ketchup, soy sauce etc. Try it and if you feel it still needs a kick you can add what you’d like!

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  9. Stephanie says:

    I didn’t add this recipe to my monthly menu, but I added two others that had TVP. Does TVP show up in the shopping lists? It doesn’t show up in mine.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Stephanie, yes it should show up in your shopping list. Can you email us the grocery list document it populates for you to info at onceamonthmeals.com? Thanks!

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