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. Perfect for a meatless meal or for over Lent, this is a quick, easy meal that will greet you with its delicious smell as you walk in the door at the end of a long day.
4 Servings Recipe By Pin Print
Sloppy Vegan Joes


  • 1 ½ cups Lentils, Brown
  • 2 cups Brown Rice, Long-Grain
  • 15 ounces Diced Tomatoes, Canned
  • 1 ½ cups Textured Vegetable Protein
  • 1 ¼ cups dice Onion
  • 1 ½ cups dice Carrot
  • ¾ cups Ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard, Yellow
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Marjoram
  • Make It Now / Serving Day Ingredients

    These ingredients are to be used 1) promptly if you "Make it Now" — to serve immediately, or 2) after freezing if you "Make From Frozen" — for the day you serve and eat it.

  • 6 cups Water

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  • Labels

Nutritional Information

  • Not available.

Make It Now Cooking Directions

These directions are for cooking this recipe to serve immediately and NOT to freeze for later.

  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 6-8 hours.

Freeze For Later Cooking Directions

These directions help you cook or prepare this meal PRIOR to being frozen for serving later (see Serving Day Directions when you are ready to prepare it to eat).

Why would I want to freeze this?

  1. Divide all ingredients besides water into indicated number of gallon freezer bags.
  2. Label and freeze.

Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

These directions help you cook or reheat this meal AFTER it's been frozen for when you are ready to eat it.

  1. Thaw: In fridge
  2. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and add water.
  3. Cook on high for 6-8 hours.


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  1. 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.

    1. 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!

    1. 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!

  2. 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.

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