Vegan TVP Sloppy Joes Recipe

Vegetarian TVP sloppy joes!
Vegetarian TVP sloppy joes!.
    30 mins

Looking for a vegan TVP sloppy joes recipe? These meatless sloppy joes made with TVP are perfect for your vegetarian or vegan kids or teens and are much healthier than regular sloppy joes! Sloppy joes are fun (and messy!) to eat, and kids love them for lunch, picnics or dinner. This healthy (at least healthier!) vegetarian sloppy joes recipe is made from well seasoned TVP (textured vegetable protein) instead of meat and is both vegetarian and vegan.

Got leftovers? Leftover sloppy joes can be used up the same way that you can use up leftover chili: make chili mac casserole, stuff it inside bell peppers with rice, or, do what I usually do, and portion your leftovers into individual size containers and stick it in the freezer, to be grabbed on early mornings when I need to get out the door quickly and haven't yet packed a lunch!

Using TVP instead of meat makes these healthier sloppy joes cholesterol-free and much lower in fat than a beef or even a turkey sloppy joe recipe, and, TVP is a great food to both buy in bulk (check the bulk bins at your local natural grocery store) and incorporate into your food repertoire if you're cooking on a budget: it's a bargain when bought in bulk. 

What You'll Need

  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • dash hot sauce or tabasco sauce (optional)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups TVP
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5-6 hamburger buns

How to Make It

In a large skillet, sautee the onion and bell peppers in olive oil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until onions are soft.

Reduce heat to medium low and add the vegetable broth and tomato sauce, stirring to combine well. Once the broth and tomato sauce is combined and hot, add the chili powder, soy sauce, hot sauce or Tabasco sauce, sugar and TVP, stirring well to combine.

Allow to simmer for at least 15 more minutes and season well with salt and pepper.

Taste, and adjust seasonings to taste.

Your vegetarian sloppy joe mixture will thicken slightly as it cools, so don't worry if it seems a bit too thin while cooking. 

Spoon the TVP sloppy joe mixture onto hamburger buns and serve hot. If you prefer a less soggy sloppy joe, lightly toasting the hamburger buns first is a good idea. 

See also: More vegetarian and vegan recipes using TVP

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