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Vegan Sloppy Joes

Vegan Sloppy Joes

A Middle Eastern take on an American classic - Vegan Sloppy Joe's with Misteka Foods Signature Tomato Sauce
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Egyptian, Middle Eastern
Keyword hamburger bun, lentils, onion, onions, pickles, tomato sauce, vinegar, walnuts, water
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 411kcal
Author Natalie Wiser-Orozco


  • ¼ Cup Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt divided
  • 2 Teaspoons Sugar
  • ½ Cup Red Onion sliced
  • 1 Cup Dry Lentils soaked overnight
  • ½ Cup Walnuts roughly chopped
  • 2 Cups Misteka Signature Tomato Sauce
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Pickle Chips
  • 4 Large Hamburger Buns


  • The night before, or the morning of, make sure to soak your lentils in 3 cups of filtered water. This softens them up for the recipe, and cuts down on the time you have to have to cook them to make them soft. Soak for at least 2 - 3 hours, but if you can soak them even longer, that would be best. If you forget or don’t have time, you can still make the recipe, but add an additional half cup of water for a total of one cup, along with the sauce, lentils and walnuts before simmering.
  • In a small bowl, add vinegar, ¼ teaspoon salt, and sugar, mixing until the salt and sugar are dissolved, then add in the sliced onion. Toss to coat and let sit while you make the Sloppy Joes. Toss regularly to ensure even pickling.
  • In a medium pot over medium-high heat, add the tomato sauce, lentils, walnuts, water, and remaining salt (¾ teaspoon). Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low and cover with a lid. Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring often, replacing the lid between stirrings.
  • When the lentils are soft, remove from heat, and build your sloppy joes by toasting your buns until golden brown. Add ¼ - ½ cup of the filling on the heel of the bun (the bottom), then add pickles and onions, placing the crown of the bun on top. Serve immediately with extra tomato sauce if desired!


You can also use a meat substitute like Beyond Meat or similar for this recipe.  Crumble and brown your choice of plant based meat first, then add the tomato sauce.  Omit the water completely.  Simmer meat and sauce for 7-10 minutes until thick, then continue the recipe as written.


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.1g | Protein: 14.2g | Fat: 11.4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 788mg | Fiber: 12.6g | Sugar: 2.9g