Vegan Sloppy Joes made with white beans instead of beef. This healthy recipe is easy to make in only 20 minutes! It’s vegan and can be made gluten-free.
Sloppy Joes With Cannellini Beans
So there is always a first time for everything and this was the first time I tried plant-based Sloppy Joes! I must add that I also never tried non-vegan Sloppy Joes. Probably many of my American friends will be shocked to hear that. However, Sloppy Joes aren’t very popular in Germany where I grew up.
Also, I stopped eating meat when I was 6, so even if I ate this dish in the past, I wouldn’t remember. My recipe is meat-free, gluten-free, easy to make, and so delicious!
Made With Beans!
I made these Sloppy Joes with cannellini beans (white beans). You can use your favorite beans, chickpeas or even lentils. I love using lentils in my recipes, like in this Lentil Stew, this Best Lentil Soup, these Lentil Enchiladas, this One-Pot-Lentil Dal, this Lentil Moussaka and some other lentil recipes.
However, for these healthy Sloppy Joes, I wanted to use cannellini beans because I love their flavor. When I am in a hurry I use canned beans but you can also cook them from dry, it will take much longer though.
In my opinion, there is no need to use beef, turkey, or chicken to make these Sloppy Joes. Beans and lentils are also rich in protein, and they also contain fiber as opposed to meat. So even if you are a meat eater you could give these vegan Sloppy Joes a try. Maybe you will actually enjoy them!
Quick And Easy Plant-Based Sloppy Joes
It took me just 20 minutes to make this recipe. It’s super easy to make and maybe you already have most (or all) ingredients at home. You’ll just need burger buns, beans, a bell pepper, one onion, garlic, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and some condiments. Easy!
These Sloppy Joes Are:
- Plant-based (Vegan)
- Easy to make
- Low in fat
- A great comfort dish
Gluten-Free Burger Buns
I made my own soft vegan gluten-free burger buns. I am quite happy how they turned and you can find the recipe HERE.
Spicy Sloppy Joes
I added 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper to the sauce and it turned out pretty spicy. Even my boyfriend said the sandwiches are spicy, and he normally loves spicy food! So, if you don’t like spicy meals you could use just 1/8 or 1/4 tsp or leave out the cayenne pepper completely. The Sloppy Joes will still taste delicious!
How To Store Leftovers
Eating the Sloppy Joe buns can be a messy experience but it’s so worth it! The recipe serves 4 but you can double the recipe and either refrigerate sauce leftovers for up to 3 days or spoon the sauce into zip lock bags and freeze for a couple of weeks or even months.
How To Make Vegan Sloppy Joes?
The recipe is easy and quick to make. Check out the details below in the recipe card.
If you make this delicious dish, then please comment below and let me know how you liked it! And if you even take a photo of it, then I would love to see it. You can DM it to me on Instagram. Don’t forget to tag me in your Insta caption + photo with @elavegan and use the hashtag #elavegan.
Vegan Sloppy Joes
- 2 cups white beans cooked (*see recipe notes)
- 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce (passata)
- 1 small bell pepper chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium-sized onion chopped
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp soy sauce (gluten-free if needed)
- 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (optional)
- 1/2 tbsp oil
- 2 tsp brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/8 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
- black pepper to taste
- 4 soft burger buns (I used homemade gluten-free)
- Heat oil in a skillet, add onion & pepper and sauté over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes.
- Add garlic, tomato sauce, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, vegan Worcestershire sauce, sugar, all spices and let simmer for a further 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Taste the sauce and adjust flavor as needed.
- Add the cannellini beans and stir. Let simmer for 2-4 more minutes.
- Serve on soft burger buns. Enjoy!
- The Sloppy Joe mixture should be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- You can use other beans, chickpeas or even lentils!
- Check out my recipe for homemade gluten-free buns.
- Recipe serves 4. Nutrition facts are for one serving.
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