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Two-Bean Sloppy Joes

Two-Bean Sloppy Joes

What do you do when you’re hungry, jet lagged, and haven’t shopped in a while? This Sloppy Joe recipe came in handy at just the right moment after returning from 30 hours of travelling home from Cambodia. We happened to have all of the ingredients on hand in the pantry, which made it easy to whip up this meal quickly with little advanced planning!

While it doesn’t taste quite like the meat version, the flavor of this meatless Joe is quite good!  We’ve tweaked it a bit to our liking, but feel free to play with the quantities of flavors below. (Note that the texture isn’t much like the meat version either, but if you’re looking for that, I’d try tempeh, seitan or even bulgur wheat.)

Just remember to have the ingredients on hand (and perhaps some buns in the freezer), and you’ve got a quick, easy, and meatless lunch or dinner option!

Two-Bean Sloppy Joes

Makes four servings

Notes Most Worcestershire sauces are made with a small amount of anchovies; if you are a strict vegetarian or vegan, you can look for a vegan Worcestershire sauce, or omit it completely.

What You Need
1 yellow onion
1 green onion or celery stalk (optional, but not essential)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 15-ounce can kidney beans
1 15-ounce can pinto beans
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1/3 to 1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper
Dash hot sauce

What To Do

1  Finely chop the onion (and celery, if using). In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the onion (and/or celery) and saute until soft, about 4 to 5 minutes.

2  If using canned beans, drain the beans. Add the remainder of the ingredients above (starting with kidney beans) to the skillet, and simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasoning as desired.

Serve on a toasted bun. Top with shredded cheese if desired.

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Comments 31

  1. Danielle

    Worcester isn’t vegetarian (fyi). I don’t know if you were going for that, but I think vegetarian when I see meatless. I’m going to definitely try this, sans worcester sauce.

    1. Alex

      I guess it depends on your definition of vegetarian — but, I agree that with anchovies, Worcestershire is definitely not vegan. We eat meatless meals mostly for health and environmental reasons, so we don’t mind a small amount of fish in our diet.

  2. Em

    Hi, y’all!
    Love the website — and how much inspiration you’re providing me as a vegetarian newly transported to the Indy area. A quick note, though: Worcestershire sauce isn’t vegetarian. It has anchovies in it (unless you buy a specifically marked vegetarian brand).

    1. Sonja

      This is true! Since you weren’t the first to note this, I’ve added a note to the recipe.

      We’re not strict vegetarians – we just eat mainly meatless meals for environmental and sustainability reasons. So, occasional fish and local meat is part of our diet!

      Glad you enjoy the website – and glad to meet a fellow Indy resident!

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