Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

A grown-up version to the sloppy joe

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook beef, onions, and garlic in large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink.
  2. Drain.
  3. Add water, tomato sauce, lentils, ketchup, vinegar, mustard and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 60-70 minutes till lentils are tender.
  6. Serve on buns.
Most Helpful

Mixed feelings on this one, which is why I only gave it 4 stars. Coworker and DH both said it was a little on the bland side and average. They felt it could have used more "spicy" spices to liven it up a bit. They both, however, agreed that the Lentils were very tasty in it and gave the sloppy Joes a unique texture. I personally thought it was wonderful every which way and around. FYI - I used ground turkey instead of beef and still felt it turned out great. If you are into a more spicy sloppy Joe, you will need to add more seasonings. If you aren't and want more of a mild sloppy Joe, make this meal 'as-is'. I love the lentils in it. I never would have added them on my own (not a big lentil fan), but they were great!

Trixyinaz March 21, 2003

Yum! I rated it a 4 because my family liked it but didn't rave about it. My toddlers wouldn't eat it and my oldest child didn't hate it :)
I thought it was REALLY good! I appreciate the comments about it being bland. I added a vegetable bouillon cube to the water, and about 4oz green chilis. Since lentils are best when they soak up flavors I cooked the ground turkey, onion and garlic then put all ingredients in the crockpot on high for 3.5hrs. Texture was great. I love lentils and was really happy with this.

amandamarievth January 04, 2012

We really loved this. I did use homemade tomato sauce and stock in place of the water, both of which I had in the freezer. Otherwise followed the recipe. The kids gobbled it up and hubby and I enjoyed it too. It's a very nice tomato flavor with a little zip from the vinegar. Thanks!

Cookworm February 01, 2009