A sloppy joe is the essential All-American childhood recipe. Just thinking about eating a sloppy joe brings back smells of bubbling, vinegar-y, greasey deliciousness. This recipe was so incredibly easy to veganize and it’s full of vegetables. So if you’re looking for a way to stealthily put some veggies in your kids’ (or spouse’s) diet, this would be it. Totally undetectable.
I tend to like my sloppy joe a little spicy, but you can make your sloppy joe as mild or as spicy as you would like. Playing with these flavors was so much fun, but also frustrating at times. I really tried to mimic the same bold flavors of this childhood staple, and I think I finally got it!
Caegan introduced me to a new way to top my sloppy joe. Growing up, he put mayo and cheese on his sloppy joe, which I thought sounded a little weird. I finally gave in and put some Vegenaise on my sandwich, and OH. MY. WORD. I knew Vegenaise makes everything better, but this was a whole new level. I still haven’t been convinced to put vegan cheese on my sloppy joe yet. Maybe someday.
Vegan Sloppy Joe
2 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup onion
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 medium bell pepper
4 oz. chopped mushrooms
8 oz. of ground soy, like this one
15 oz tomato sauce (you might want to add less, depending on how dry or liquidy you like your sloppy joe. I used all but about 3 tbsp. You will be adding other liquids as you go, so play it safe. You can always add more tomato sauce later.)
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp yellow mustard
Very small pinch of ground cloves
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne (add more if you like yours a little more spicy)
1 tsp oregano
Vegan hamburger buns
Vegan butter, like this one
Vegan cheese, sliced or shredded
- Heat olive oil in a pan. Add onions and garlic and saute until translucent. Add bell pepper and mushrooms. Cook until soft. Add in soy grounds and mix until all ingredients are soft and fragrant.
- Pour in tomato sauce, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, and mustard. Stir until combined and simmer for about two minutes.
- Add ground cloves, paprika, cayenne, and oregano. Stir until all ingredients are combined. If you want your mixture a little more liquidy, add more tomato sauce.
- Allow mixture to simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally. While mixture is simmering, lightly butter hamburger buns and toast.
- Top toasted hamburger buns with sloppy joe mixture and vegan cheese and Vegenaise if so desired.
If you make this recipe, make sure to tag me on Instagram and Facebook so I can see your creations!
*Also, I really need to work on my food photography. So if anyone has any suggestions, please send them my way!