These vegan Sloppy Joes with Roasted Portobello Mushrooms are a healthy alternative to everyone’s favourite childhood comfort food.
I don’t know about your childhood comfort staples but for me, it was all about Sloppy Joes. I think my love affair with sloppy joes started with my mother’s love for stress-free weeknight dinners (hello MANWICH), and only grew with the crazy cafeteria lady from Billy Madison (c’mon, I know you know that scene). But fast forward to today, and I’m still totally enamoured by Sloppy Joes.
I mean who doesn’t like the idea of tucking into a massive sloppy sandwich filled with saucy meaty sweet-savoury goodness? Now, you all know I’m not strictly plant-based, but I do try to incorporate a few meatless meals into my diet every week. And if it means I can still indulge in my favourite comfort foods, then SIGN ME UP. Say hello to these AH-MAZ-ING vegan sloppy joes – aka your new vegan BFF.
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Why This Recipe Works
These vegan sloppy joes are perfect for anyone who is trying to eat a little more plant-based but doesn’t want to sacrifice their favs (I hear ya!). Here are a few more reasons why this recipe is a total winner!
- High protein (24 grams per serving)
- High fibre (10 grams per serving)
- Veggie packed
- Family friendly
- Comforting and nostalgic AF
Veggie Ground “Meat” – Instead of the traditional ground beef, we are using some veggie ground “meat” as a substitute to make this vegan sloppy joe. I personally love to use the Yves veggie ground round, but you can use whatever imitation veggie meat you can find at your local grocery store.
Mushrooms – We are using two kinds of mushrooms to make these vegan sloppy joes and that includes – cremini and portobello. The portobello mushroom caps will serve as a sort of bun for the filling, while the cremini mushroom adds an amazing texture to the sloppy joe mixture.
Veggies – When I make my recipes plant-based, I make sure to do it right by loading up on veggies! In this case, we are adding carrots, red pepper, and onion to the sloppy joe filling.
Sauce – No good sloppy joe is made without a delicious sweet tomatoey sauce. To achieve this we combine maple syrup, HP sauce, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar. So. Fricking. Delish.
How to Make This Recipe
Step 1: Pulse cremini mushrooms in a food processor to reach a ground meat consistency.
Step 2: Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add in the onion, and carrots, and cook until the onion and carrots has softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the mushrooms, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic and saute until softened, about 4 minutes.
Step 3: Stir in the tomato paste and stir until fragrant, then add in the HP sauce, tomato sauce, red wine vinegar and maple syrup. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
Step 4: Right before serving, stir in the veggie meat and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Step 5: Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Brush the mushroom caps with olive oil and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Place the caps on a baking tray and broil until it soft, about 5-7 minutes, turning once half way through.
Step 6: When ready to serve, place the mushroom cap top side down on the bottom bun. Fill the cavity with lots of the sloppy joe mix then finish with the top bun. Enjoy!
Okay so there are a few ways to prepare good vegan sloppy joes.
One: you can use just mushrooms, but I prefer to mix mushrooms into meat so they don’t just fall apart.
Two: you can go the bean route (i.e. lentils), which is awesome but doesn’t really have the same texture as meat.
Three: using veggie ground meat (which is arguably the best option out all three).
So if for whatever reason you can’t find any veggie ground meat are your local grocery store, these vegan sloppy joes are super flexible as you can substitute either mushrooms or lentils for the “meat” instead.
If you want to make this recipe gluten free you can use gluten free buns. Also, make sure to check the labels of whatever veggie meat you use to ensure that it is totally gluten free.
I love to make things super easy and serve with a beautiful side salad. These vegan sloppy joes are also perfect to enjoy in the summer time so they would pair deliciously with a side of roasted veggies on the bbq. Yum!
You can make this low carb by swapping out the buns for some lettuce “buns”. Otherwise, you can use the portobello mushroom caps as the buns instead but you’ll have to let them cool down before using.
Totally! What kid doesn’t like a sloppy joe?! I would suggest holding back on the jalapeno though so that it is not too spicy for your little one.
The sloppy joe mixture should keep in the fridge for about 3-4 days.
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If you are into these vegan sloppy joes, then you are definitely going to want to check out these sandwich and wrap recipes on the blog!
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I want to know – what are some of your childhood favourite recipes?
Vegan Sloppy Joes with Roasted Portobello Mushroom
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup onion minced
- 1 carrot finely minced
- 1 cup cremini mushrooms
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced
- 1 red bell pepper minced
- 1 jalapeno seeds and veins removed, finely minced
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 tbsp HP Sauce
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 340 g package of veggie ground "meat"
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mushrooms & Assembly:
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 portobello mushrooms scrubbed clean
- 4 whole grain buns
- Pulse cremini mushrooms in a food processor to reach a ground meat consistency.
- Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add in the onion, and carrots, and cook until the onion and carrots has softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the mushrooms, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic and saute until softened, about 4 minutes.
- Stir in the tomato paste and stir until fragrant, then add in the HP sauce, tomato sauce, red wine vinegar and maple syrup. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Right before serving, stir in the veggie meat and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Brush the mushroom caps with olive oil and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Place the caps on a baking tray and broil until it soft, about 5-7 minutes, turning once half way through.
- When ready to serve, place the mushroom cap top side down on the bottom bun. Fill the cavity with lots of the sloppy joe mix then finish with the top bun. Enjoy!
Did you enjoy these vegan sloppy joes? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below!
Updated on June 8th, 2021
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.