The Everyday Chef: Savory Lentil Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes for Meatless Monday? You bet! It happened … it was yummy. The goal for this recipe was to get more legumes into the family diet. We don’t eat a ton of beans – they don’t settle well (and we all know how that ends). Choosing the best legume was important; we decided on the lentil. Lentils are a bit more FODMAP- or tummy-friendly – than other legumes, especially the canned versions. In fact, canned lentils are a greenlight on the Monash FODMAP food list, meaning they digest well without lots of, ahem, “fermentation.” This sloppy joe recipe is fast, easy, packed with plant protein, and reheats very well.

Lentil Sloppy Joes Recipe
Serves 6


  • 4 cup – Lentils, canned, drained (2 cans)
  • 1 tbsp – Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp – Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ tsp – Mustard Powder
  • 1 cup – Celery, raw, diced
  • ½ medium – Green Bell Pepper, raw, diced
  • ½ cup – Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp – All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp – Worcestershire
  • 0.25 tsp – Paprika, smoked
  • 15 oz – Tomato Sauce, low-sodium
  • 1 tsp – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 0.25 tsp – Coarse Kosher Salt


  1. Place large sauté pan over medium heat – add olive oil and vegetables – sauté 3-5 minutes. Onions will become see-through and bell pepper will be tender but firm.
  2. Remove pan from heat – add spices. Stir to mix well. Let the heat from the pan toast the spices to prevent burning.
  3. Add sugar, Worcestershire, tomato sauce, and vinegar. Return to heat and stir well. Bring to gentle simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Add lentils to sauce, stirring to combine well. Cover with lid and simmer an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Taste – add salt if desired.
  6. Add the flour in thirds to avoid clumping. Sprinkle flour over lentil mixture, stirring as you add. Mix well and gently simmer uncovered until the mixture is as thick as you want it. More flour can be added (if necessary) for a very thick mixture that stays on the bun better.

Serving Suggestions
Serve warm on favorite bread with pickles or try eating at breakfast with eggs.
Also pairs well with blue corn tortilla chops for a huevos rancheros skillet.

Nutrient Analysis
Calories: 206 kcal, Protein: 12 g, Carbs: 37 g, Total Fat: 1 g
Sat Fat: 0.19 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 204 mg, Fiber: 7 g

Photo Credit: Andrew Dole

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