Vegan Sloppy Joe

Vegan Sloppy Joe

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Adjust Servings:
2 cups Meatless Ground
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
0.5 cups, chopped Onion
2 Garlic Cloves
0.5 teaspoon Kosher Salt
0.5 teaspoon Smoked Paprika Powder
0.3 cups BBQ Sauce
0.25 cups Water
4 Burger Buns
Red Onion Slices
Pickled Jalapeños

Vegan Sloppy Joe

  • 15 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Medium


  • Toppings



A tall, juicy, sweet and smokey vegan sloppy joe on a soft bun!

Meat alternative are all the rage these days.

Since we started doing Meatless Monday, I’ve been really enjoying making vegetarian and vegan dishes.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Beyond Burger or seitan but have you tried Smart Ground?

These meatless grounds that look and taste very much like meat are usually made from pea or soy protein.

Most vegan options taste great and there is a good variety to choose from.

Some taste very much like real meat though I prefer the one that takes on whatever seasoning I like to pair it with.

For these vegan sloppy joes, I had to go BBQ sauce.

It is such a classic and reminds me of being a kid in summer camp!

To balance that sweet and smokey flavor, I love adding raw red onion and pickled jalapeño.

The raw red onion adds color and freshness and the jalapeño adds a bit of spicy.

Most burger buns are vegan but do check the ingredient list as some contain milk and other animal products.

If you make this vegan sloppy joe recipe, please leave your review in the comment section below.



Make The BBQ Meatless Ground

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Next, add the chopped onions and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally.

Lower the heat to medium then add the meatless ground, minced garlic, salt and smoked paprika. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Lower the heat to medium-low and add the BBQ sauce and water. Stir and cook for a few minutes.


Build The Sloppy Joes

To build your sloppy joes, toast your buns then add some of the meatless mix and a few pickled jalapeño slices and thinly sliced red onion.


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It looks so yummy and meatless ground is so versatile – meat loaf, spaghetti 🙂
I love your Vegan Sloppy Joe Joni! Awesome, amazing and all other words to describe GOOD EATING !

Soooo good. I used Lightlife ground for the plant based meat which is more than 2 cups so I doubled the sauce. I was lazy and used dehydrated onion. To make sure it was rehydrated, I added another 1/4 cup of water and let it simmer on low for 10 minutes or so to reduce to sauce. It turned out perfectly and was delicious. I will definitely make this again and again.

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