Lentil sloppy joes

I tried a few different meatless sloppy joe recipes before I figured out this particular one. The other recipes I tried weren't bad, but they were different from how I remembered them tasting from my childhood—so I finally got smart and just adapted that method to use lentils instead of ground beef.

I am happy to add this meal to my list of pantry/food storage meals. All you need to do is add some canned fruits or veggies, and you've got a meal. We also served it with microwave chocolate pudding, which can also be made entirely from pantry ingredients.


Lentil sloppy joes

3/4 cup regular brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
1 envelope sloppy joe seasoning
1 can tomato paste

Boil lentils in unsalted water until tender, but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Drain well. Return to stove over medium-low heat and mix in seasoning, tomato paste, and about half a can of water. Stir gently until completely combined and heated through. Add more water to thin if necessary. (I left ours quite thick and they were the least messy sloppy joes I've ever had!)

Serve on pan-toasted buns (homemade or storebought). Makes 8.


  1. I love this idea! :) In addition to being healthier than ground beef, it sounds wonderfully economical, too.. .

  2. Sounds good. I will give it a try..It would be much healthier. Did your kids like them?

    1. One kid loved them. The other said they were yucky . . . then she got hungry later and ate hers up and asked if I would make them again. Three-year-olds are hard to understand!

  3. This is my first time to your blog, loving it so far. Found you via your dry bean conversion post. I will be making this tomorrow as a surprise lunch for my kids, feeding a teenage boy and a pre-teen girl this summer has become a daunting task, especially now that they have decided sandwiches and left overs are so not appealing. thanks for this suggestion.

  4. I made lentil sloppy joes from Tammy's recipes a few weeks ago they were yummy. We all liked them they had cayenne in them my husband liked the little kick that gave. I didn't think hubby would like the fact of lentils but he loved them.


  5. Hi... GrannyPeck here...This is my first time to your blog also, loving it so far. Found you via this conversion post. I will be making this tonight as a surprise lunch for my DH.
    He just loves sandwiches for any meal... bit due to the fact that we have both been diagnosed with CHF this will only be a once a moth treat.... Thax ever so...