Pressure Cooker Vegan Sloppy Joes

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Rated 5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
Pressure Cooker Vegan Sloppy Joes
Pressure Cooker Vegan Sloppy Joes
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  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 3/4 cups prepared tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegan-friendly Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 6 hamburger buns (or homemade bread) for serving
  • optional toppings: pickles, onions, hot sauce, barbeque sauce


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  1. Combine water, lentils, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and spices in the steel pot of your pressure cooker.
  2. Seal lid on pressure cooker, turn steam vent handle to Sealing, and select Pressure Cook. Cook on High Pressure for 20 minutes. Turn steam vent handle to Venting to quick-release pressure. 
  3. Press Sauté on the pressure cooker.
  4. Cook the mixture until it thickens to your liking.
  5. Spoon sloppy joe mixture onto buns and top with toppings of choice.
Mealthy tip:

Most traditional Worcestershire sauce brands contain anchovies. Read labels carefully or ask your grocer for a vegan-friendly alternative to use in this recipe.


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Erin Hudson says:

Big hit in my household. My husband is not a fan of vegan dishes but the lentils gave this one a true meaty texture. I swapped out the brown sugar for turbinado sugar and used potato buns.

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Melissa P says:

Really loved this sloppy joe recipe. Not sure where I could find vegan Worcester sauce so I used regular (yes, with anchovies). I loved it more than my kids, but they’re picky anyway. I served it on Hawaiian buns.

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Laura Griffin says:

I'm not vegan but I love these lentil sloppy Joes! I used red lentils instead of green, but other than that I kept the recipe the same. They turned out really good, perfect texture and flavor. Lentils are so incredibly versatile, they are the perfect meat substitution for these sandwiches.

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Katie Hason says:

I really enjoyed making and eating these lentil sloppy-Joe style sandwiches. The filling mixture was really delicious, and the flavor resembled authentic sloppy Joe very much. I added pickles and sliced onions to mine, and it was really good.