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Vegan Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Green Lentil Sloppy Joes

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Serve with ketchup and a little grated plant-based cheese if liked!

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My vegan black bean, sweet potato and green lentil sloppy Joes are a fun, tasty family meal. Although many people in the UK may not have encountered a sloppy Joe before!

Seeing as sloppy Joes are an American invention.

What is a Sloppy Joe?

Sloppy Joes are claimed to be invented in 1930s Iowa where a chef in Sioux City called Joe created a sandwich that had a filling of ”loose meat”.

During the 1940s sloppy Joes made appearances in many eating places. The term sloppy Joe was also used to refer to fast food joints or ‘greasy spoons’. In 1969 cans of sloppy Joe sauce named ‘Manwich’ were being produced and sold in the US.

Sloppy Joes are basically ground beef within a tomato sauce. Often the sauce is BBQ flavour.

A family member described it as a ”collapsed burger” and I think that sums it up nicely!

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Vegan sloppy Joes can be made with a variety of substitutions for the ground beef.

I have used the trio of black beans, sweet potatoes and green lentils as they are one of my favourite combinations and they just taste so good together!

Plant-based Iron Sources

Plant-based meals that contain beans and lentils are fantastic sources of iron. A serving of my vegan sloppy joes packs in 3mg of iron which is a fair whack of your daily requirements!

The NHS recommend that per day males over the age of 18 need 8.7mg of iron, woman 18-50 years 14.8 mg, and woman over 50 years 8.7mg.

The Mayo clinic has a useful table which states the iron requirements for children aged between 7 months-18 years.

Vitamin C and Iron

Research has shown that consuming vitamin C rich food with iron rich food can help the bioavailability of the iron. Our body finds it easier to access the iron and absorb it.

It can be as easy as enjoying some fruit after an iron rich meal or serving vitamin C rich veggies alongside your meal. Homemade potato chips have a good amount of vitamin C if you don’t remove the skins! So that’s a good excuse to eat chips!

As are broccoli, kale and Brussel sprouts great sources of vitamin C!

Vegan Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Green Lentil Sloppy Joes

Serves 4-6 depending on portion sizes.

But could potentially fill 8-10 small bun/rolls.

Enjoy for dinner stuffed into a bun as you would a veggie burger with potato and veggie sides.

Or for lunch with a bun/roll and a lighter side salad.

Vegan sloppy joes green lentil sweet potato black beans

Vegan Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Green Lentil Sloppy Joes

Black beans, sweet potato and green lentils within a tomato smoky and sweet BBQ sauce. Scoop this tasty sloppy joe mix into your favourite bun or roll and your set for an amazing dinner!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, British
Servings 4
Calories 322 kcal


  • Sauté pan/ large non-stick pan


  • 1 large onion about 200 grams/2 cups chopped
  • 4 whole garlic cloves or use 6! sliced or 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 sweet potatoes medium size about 435 grams/4 cups chopped into bitesize chunks
  • 2 sticks celery 115 grams/ about 1 full cup diced
  • 1 can green lentils about 1 1/2 cups drained
  • 1 can black beans about 1 1/2 cups drained
  • 230 grams passata about 1 cup
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or any soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce vegan variety or just use a light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons paprika smoky variety if possible
  • 1 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or soft brown sugar/any sweetener
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 500 ml vegetable stock or 2 cups. I used 1/2 a Marigold vegan stock cube
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes Or about 5 tablespoons. Optional. Also a teaspoon of liquid smoke which is also optional.
  • rolls or buns of your choice


  • Add onion, garlic, celery and sweet potato to sauté pan/large saucepan.
    Add 1 cup/250 ml of vegetable stock.
    Bring to the boil.
    Lower the heat.
    vegan sloppy joes ingredients
  • Simmer for 10 minutes with a lid covering the pan.
  • Add passata, 1 cup/250 ml of vegetable stock, tomato puree, apple cider vinegar, tamari, Worcester sauce, maple syrup, paprika, and cumin.
    Mix well.
  • Add lentils and black beans.
    Bring back to a simmer.
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  • Stew for about 20 minutes.
    Give everything a wee mash with a fork or potato masher.
    Keep some texture so don't mush it all up.
    Loosen the mix with a splash of water if necessary but it is supposed to be quite thick.
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  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    Add 1/3 of a cup of nutritional yeast flakes and a teaspoon of liquid smoke if using.
    vegan sloppy joes
  • Serve stuffed into buns/rolls and with perhaps veggie, potatoes or rice sides.
    vegan sloppy joes
Keyword Comfort food, Easy, quick, sloppy joes

Vegan Black Sloppy Joes Recipe Notes

  • Serve your sloppy Joes with your favourite sides. What would you normally have with a veggie burger? Some lettuce, cucumber, tomato slices, pickles are a nice addition to your roll/bun.
  • Vegan sloppy Joes will keep fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze portions for a future speedy meal for those busy days.
  • Reheat until piping hot. Add a splash of water if the sloppy Joes have gotten too thick but not too much liquid!
  • Got leftovers? Try a sloppy Joe toastie! Add some plant-based cheese and toast until golden and melted. This is one of my sons favourite lunches!
  • Top leftovers with mashed potatoes and stick in the oven until piping hot and potatoes have browned. Some nutritional yeast sprinkled over the potatoes is extra tasty.
  • Use leftover sloppy Joes to top a carrot hotdog! Get my extra-tasty carrot hotdog recipe here. If you have never tried a carrot hotdog then suspend your scepticism and try them! They will surprise you!

Looking for more plant-based vegan meals?

For extra busy days stick yumminess in the form of cauliflower Tikka Masala into your slow cooker for a taste sensation!

vegan tikka masala


For a quick but nutritious and super tasty lunch try my Vegan Chicken Noodle soup!

Vegan Chicken Noodle soup


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