Sloppy Joes – a ‘meatless’ and meat version!

We love having sloppy joes for dinner and I grew up with my parents always using the mix out of a can.  When I moved out, I learned of a homemade version and that’s what I use now.  The original recipe I’ll share at the bottom, since I did modify that one to fit the one below.

I still eat meat – however, if I find an opportunity to use a black bean ‘meat’ mix with a dinner dish, I’m going to do it.  If you use this with black bean ‘meat’ like I did, be sure to cook the onions and minced garlic separately, add the sauce to that and the meat mixture AFTER.  Otherwise, you will have a refried bean version of sloppy joes.

*If your family loves sloppy joes leftover, double the recipe below!

  • 1 lb burger, or about 1 lb of black bean ‘meat’ and be sure to cook it first – see recipe here
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicy)
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • *optional – 1/2 tsp dry mustard or a squirt of yellow mustard
  1.  Combine burger, onion and minced garlic and cook until done.
  2.  Drain the grease.
  3.  Once drained, place the meat, onions, minced garlic back into the skillet and add tomato paste, red pepper flakes, garlic salt, chili powder, ketchup, water and Worcestershire sauce.  Mix until well combined and heat on low-medium heat.


For those of you curious how the black bean version turned out… looks great at first, right?

As mentioned above, it was like a refried bean texture and with a sloppy joe sauce.  I did still eat it, but I had to have a crunch to it, so I added pickles, crunchy jalapenos and a thin slice of colby jack cheese.

Original recipe:


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