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Lentil Sloppy Joes

You probably have most of the ingredients for these Lentil Sloppy Joes in your pantry already. Hooray for cheap, healthy dinners!

Course Main Dishes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 378 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 cup brown or green lentils rinsed and picked over
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 hamburger buns


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened and just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour in the lentils and broth. Bring the lentils to a boil, then partially cover and reduce heat to low.
  3. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until most of the liquid has absorbed and the lentils are tender enough to eat, but still firm enough to hold their shape.
  4. Stir in the tomato sauce, molasses, vinegar, sugar, tomato paste, tamari, mustard powder, garlic, and cayenne. Increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a slow boil.
  5. Continue to cook until the sauce has thickened, 10-15 minutes more, stirring frequently.
  6. Divide the lentil mixture onto the hamburger buns and serve. Leftovers will keep in the freezer for 2-3 months.
Nutrition Facts
Lentil Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 of recipe)
Calories 378 Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.76g7%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 8.2g34%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 18.26g37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.