Lentil Sloppy Joes

  • 6Servings


  • 1 1/4 cups French lentils, rinsed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • salt
  • 6 whole-wheat or gluten-free hamburger buns


  1. In a medium stockpot, add the lentils with enough water to cover by 2-3 inches. Cover, bring to a boil, then simmer, partially covered, for 20-25 minutes, until tender. Drain lentils.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 5-7 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add the bell peppers and saute for 5 minutes longer.
  3. Add the cumin, paprika, brown sugar, and jalapeño. Cook for 1 minutes, then add the tomato sauce and water. Season to taste with salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add the lentils to the sloppy joe mixture. Season to taste and cook for 5 minutes longer, until the flavors have blended.
  5. Scoop the sloppy joe mixture into the hamburger buns and serve.