RecipeLentil Sloppy Joes with Scoops

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 70
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Total Fat: 1 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 1 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 12 g
  • Dietary Fiber:23 g
  • Total Sugar: 4 g
    • Natural Sugar: 2 g
    • Added Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 135 mg

Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together or just craving some delicious comfort food, these Lentil Sloppy Joes are an absolute must-try. They’re my plant-powered twist on a timeless favorite, jam-packed with protein and fiber, thanks to the mighty lentils. 

  • Prep time
  • Total Time
This recipe makes ~ 2 ½ cups

• ½ cup dry green or brown lentils*
• 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil
• 1 yellow onion, diced
• ½ red bell pepper, diced
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1½ tablespoons chili powder
• 1 teaspoon oregano
• ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
• ½ cup tomato sauce
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 1½ tablespoons maple syrup
• ½ tablespoon mustard (spicy brown, Dijon, yellow, etc)
• Tortilla chips and/or whole grain crackers

* ½ cup dry lentils yields ~1¼ cups cooked. You can also buy canned lentils that are already cooked. Then skip the first step and start by sauteing the onion and bell pepper.


Combine lentils and 2 cups water in a large saucepan. Cover and bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 25 minutes, until lentils are tender. Drain excess water and set aside.

While lentils cook, heat olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and pepper and sauté until softened, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add chili powder, oregano, salt, tomato sauce, tomato paste, maple syrup, mustard and cooked lentils. Mix well. Reduce heat to low and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, garnish with optional minced herbs and serve with tortilla chips and whole grain crackers.

Nutrition provided per ¼ cup Lentil Sloppy Joes (chips or crackers are not included as nutrition can vary from brand to brand)

Love lentils? Try my Lentil and Mushroom Bolognese!