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Spicy Vegan Sloppy Joes

By October 17, 2014May 21st, 2020Insurance


Meatless Sloppy Joes?!? Yes, using mushrooms – especially with flavorful cremini mushrooms you may prefer these over the traditional Sloppy Joe. From start to finish, this recipe takes about 45 minutes. 

I modified this recipe from one featured on the Food Network, by using more common and readily available household spices


  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 3/4 cups light beer (drink what’s left in the bottle)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chile powder (adjust if you like more heat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 whole grain hamburger buns
  • Shredded red cabbage or lettuce, for serving, option
Pulse the mushrooms in batches in a food processor until finely chopped. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, 1 tablespoon beer and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the walnuts and peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, 3/4 teaspoon black pepper and chipotle powder and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are just cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Add the remaining beer, the ketchup, tomato paste and 1/8 teaspoon salt and cook while stirring until the sauce is the consistency that you like, about 2 minutes.

Spoon the mixture onto each bun. Serve with toppings if desired.

Recipe courtesy Food Network Kitchens

Let me know how you like this recipe.

Cecil Williams