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Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes! 1 Pot, 30 min, freezer friendly tangy flavorful sloppy lentils. Serve in sandwiches with slaw or over tater tots or baked potato. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Oilfree Recipe Jump to Recipe

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Lentil Sloppy Joes are a quick meal filled with protein and tons of flavor. They pair well with various condiments. Serve these with some pickled onion, slaw or other toppings. Serve them in wraps or sandwiches or over baked potato, baked fries or potato salad. Make a bowl with some veggies, dip and toasted bread!

Lentils come in various colors and have different cook times. They also vary in flavor. I use green lentils for these vegan sloppy joes as they are more hardy and don’t get mushy easily. They are cooked with onion,pepper, carrots, celery, seasonings such as taco, chili or bbq, and tomato. The result is this hearty flavorful saucy sloppy joes. You can vary the flavor with other herbs and blends, add more or less tomato to preference. Lets make these! As always, saucepan option is in the notes.

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Notes on Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

  • These sloppy lentils are freezer friendly and meal prep friendly. Refrigerate for upto 4 days and freeze for upto a month.
  • Serve these in various formats with various accompaniments such as onion, jalapeno, coleslaw, creamy toppings. In sandwiches or wraps, or over baked potatoes or fries!
  • If using brown lentils, pressure cook for 10 mins

Burn Errors: Some Instant Pots can tend to give you burn errors for thick and tomato based dishes. Try the following for a successful result.

  • Make sure to mix everything really well to pick up any stuck bits before closing the lid.
  • Some tomato sauces can be too thick, use a mix of fresh or diced tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  • Add a bit more broth if you generally do run into burn errors in your pot.
  • Let the veggie + tomato mixture cool for 5 mins before closing the lid. Some pots heat a bit more saute and that tends to increase the chances of ingredients scorching at the bottom under pressure.

Our Vegan Lentil Sloppy joes serves in a sandwich with onions

Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

5 from 6 votes
By: Vegan Richa
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-free, Vegan
Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes! 1 Pot, 30 min, freezer friendly tangy flavorful sloppy lentils. Serve in sandwiches with slaw or over tater tots or baked potato. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe
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Ingredients 
 

  • 1/4 cup broth, , or use 1 tsp oil to saute
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chili powder blend, or taco seasoning or bbq seasoning
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomato or tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1-2 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce, optional, (or use soy sauce/tamari, or coconut aminos for soyfree),
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup dried green lentils, , picked for stones and washed if needed
  • 1 1/4 cup water or broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar

Instructions 

  • Add 2 tbsp broth in the Instant Pot on saute. Add the onion, garlic, pepper, celery, carrots and a good pinch of salt. Cook for 3 mins. Deglaze with more broth mid-way.  (See saucepan instructions in Notes below).
  • Add the spices, tomato, tomato paste, vegan Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and mix in. Add salt, sugar, lentils, broth, and mix in. Mix well to pick up any stuck bits 
  • Close the lid and pressure cook at bean/chili setting for 22 mins or at manual/pressure cook for 16 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally. Taste and adjust salt, flavor. (The sauce keeps thickening on cooling even if it looks slightly liquidy when opened. If you used extra broth, wait for a few mins to see if its thickening enough and then you might have to saute for a few mins to reduce. )
  • Serve in buns or bread with coleslaw or onion or crunchy greens.  or in wraps or over baked potato. 
    These sloppy lentils are freezer friendly and meal prep friendly. Refrigerate for upto 4 days and freeze for upto a month. 

Notes

Saucepan: Rinse the lentils and combine with 2 cups of water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat slightly to medium low, partially cover, and cook for 20 to 25 mins or until al dente. Drain any excess liquid.
Follow steps 1 and 2 over medium heat in a saucepan. Add only a 1/4 cup broth. Add the cooked lentils and mix well. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for 6 to 7 mins to thicken and develop flavor. Taste and adjust. 
 
Flavor variations:
Add 1/2 tsp mustard
Add smoked paprika
Add 1/4 cup bbq sauce
 
Nutrition is for 1 Serve of lentils. Bread not included

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 434mg, Potassium: 760mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 4485IU, Vitamin C: 33.2mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 3.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Richa

Hi, I'm Richa! I create flavorful plant based recipes that are inspired by my Indian upbringing, including many gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free options.

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59 Comments

  1. Maneesha says:

    5 stars
    Super tasty, healthy, and easy recipe, Richa!! I loved it! I also added a few drops of liquid smoke, thank you so much for your great recipe yet again!

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      Yay!! Glad you liked it!

  2. Lilly says:

    5 stars
    So so good! Hands down the best sloppy joes I have ever had. I love that it’s made in the instant pot because it is quick and nutrients are not lost like in other methods.
    I doubled all of the veg because we love veg. Other than that, I tossed in a handful of red pepper flakes so it has all the elements: sweet, heat, salt, & acid. I used EVOO to sauté the veg instead of broth. My favorite go to recipe from now on.

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      So happy you liked it!

  3. Michele Cullen says:

    Can you use a canned lentils?

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      yes!

  4. Laura says:

    5 stars
    These came out great! I added a healthy squirt of yellow mustard and a splash of apple cider vinegar at the end, which gave it the right amount of acidity I was looking for.

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      Glad that you enjoyed them.

  5. Kelly says:

    Yet another one of your recipes that was a big hit! I used brown lentils since that’s what I had on hand and used the suggestion to cook for 10 minutes instead. I also added 1/4 cup of bbq sauce at the end and served on a bulkie roll with lettuce and onion. Yum! Can’t wait for my copy of the new vegan instant pot cookbook 🙂

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      perfect! enjoy the book 📚 =)

  6. Anna says:

    5 stars
    This is truly amazing! Me and my husband love the taste and texture. I serve it over home-baked soda bread with vegan mozzarella cheese on top. I nearly swallowed my tongue). Great vegan version of sloopy Joe.

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      wow!

  7. Deb Spear says:

    5 stars
    We loved this recipe. It is great in bread or as a salad topping. Very taco salad like. I made a double recipe and four adults ate it over three days. I highly recommend it. Very easy in the instant pot.

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      wow! double recipe – excellent

  8. Laura J says:

    5 stars
    This is officially my new favorite sloppy joe recipe. So easy and delicious. One batch is great for 2 people but I wanted more (since I had to share) so I just doubled the recipe and there is just enough room in my instant pot. I eat it plain or add avocado and fresh onion, and have tried it over brown rice too. Thank you for this amazing recipe! 🙂

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      yum 🥑🥑🥑v

  9. Tanja Tudhope says:

    Hi. I’m wondering about this recipe if you use french beluga lentils?

    1. Richa says:

      Yes