New Seasons Market Extra Sloppy Lentil Joes - New Seasons Market

Extra Sloppy Lentil Joes



  • 1 cup soaked lentils
  • 3 cups water, stock or broth
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 medium onion small diced
  • 1 bell pepper small diced
  • 1/4-1/2 cup any vegetable small diced or chopped (*we like fennel, mushrooms, summer squash, winter squash, greens, hot chili peppers, carrot, or celery — or a blend of vegetables)

Sloppy Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup, molasses or brown sugar to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tamari
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • Favorite hot sauce to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place lentils and cooking liquid in a small pot, cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet with avocado oil over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and any other vegetables to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently until vegetables turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add sloppy sauce ingredients. Cook, stirring constantly until spices are fragrant, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and let sauce simmer until it thickens, at least 10 minutes. When lentils are cooked, drain off any excess cooking liquid. Add lentils to the pan with sauce; stir well to combine. Mash some or all of the lentils using a wooden spoon. Toast hamburger buns in the oven, if desired. Ladle lentil mixture on each toasted bun and enjoy.