Vegan Sloppy Joe

Smoky, savoury and full of texture, this dish is a vegetarian option that even meat eaters will love. The lentil mix is so versatile, you can add almost any vegetables you want and have it taste fantastic. Why not try adding sauteed mushrooms or roasted squash in autumn, or fresh peas or leeks in summer. The mix itself can be the base for a variety of vegetarian dishes, and is ideal as part of vegetarian nachos or loaded fries. One thing to bear in mind, with ‘sloppy’ in the name just make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand!

Vegan Sloppy Joe
10 mins 15 MINS 10


  • For the lentils:
  • 1.2ltrs Salted water
  • 500g Red lentils, washed

  • For the 'Bolognaise':
  • 75ml Oil
  • 2 Onions, diced
  • 3 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 Peppers, diced
  • 2 tsp Chilli powder
  • 3 tsp Ground cumin
  • 2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 80g Tomato paste
  • 1.2kg Chopped tomatoes
  • 3tbsp Vegetable stock powder
  • Salt, pepper and sugar, to season

  • To serve:
  • 10 Brioche buns, sliced and toasted
  • 2 Little gem lettuce, washed and torn
  • 1 White onion, sliced
  • 20 Kerrymaid Vegan Slices


  1. Bring a pan of well salted water to a boil and add the red lentils. Bring back to the boil and simmer for 7-10 minutes, until the lentils are tender but not mushy. Set aside.

  2. Add the onion and garlic to a heavy-bottomed pan with a splash of oil and sweat until translucent.

  3. Add the diced peppers and cook for a further 5 mins, stirring constantly.

  4. Add the dry spices and mix well, then add the tomato paste and cook out for 2-3 minutes.

  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock and heat until just bubbling (watch out, it will spit!).

  6. Add the lentils and mix well. Check the seasoning and adjust as needed with salt, pepper and sugar.

  7. To serve, toast 10 brioche buns and serve a large spoonful of lentil mix in each bun with Kerrymaid Vegan Slices, washed little gem lettuce and sliced sweet onion.


  • The lentil mix in this recipe is so versatile, try using in a Vegetarian Lasagne, layered with pasta sheets and Kerrymaid Bechamel, or serve with spaghetti topped with a sprinkle of Kerrymaid grated white.


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